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Old 29 June 2014, 16:27   #1
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Grab rope?

I need to make new grab ropes for my zodiac and I wasn't sure what style of rope to get, there are many and I have never progressed past dock lines. Any suggestions? It's looped through itself for the middle rings and has spliced loops at the end. looks to be about 3/8"

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Old 29 June 2014, 16:30   #2
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1/2" or 5/8" would be more comfortable on one's hands.
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Any idea what kind if braid to get?
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Any idea what kind if braid to get?
NOT one with an overly 'plastic' feel to it.
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I don't have a store with any rope selection near me, I have to order it online so I need a solid recommendation to order something blind.
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If you can tolerate a "plasticy" feel, hollow braid polypropylene is "self splicing" so no krazy skillz required to fit it.
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NOT one with an overly 'plastic' feel to it.
Polypropylene, it's what the Zodiacs use (or used to back in the mid-90's.)

Hollow braid construction is easy to deal with for the point to point to point most RIB's and SIB's use: simply feed it through itself for the middle rings, and for the end stitch it through itself back and forth 3 times then bury the loose end in the middle of the line.

I personally prefer 3-strand, but the middle ring splices are a little ugly (generally, I've seen running the line under one strand of the other piece.) Then end splices aren't difficult, but they are time consuming.

One other alternative (that would probably look really good as well) would be to use a double-braid line, eye-spliced at either end, with a whipped eye for the inner rings. Takes a lot of practice for the eye splices. I suppose you could whip the end eyes as well and not bother with the splice.

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