My Father always taught me that I should look after my ropes.
My wash down and engine flush regime includes dumping any ropes that have been in the sea in a big bin of fresh water and agitating them with a stick (naughty ropes
) to rinse out the salt and any muck.
Then flushing with more fresh water before hanging them hung out on the line or in the garage to dry.
About once a year they get some soap flakes added to the water for a better clean.
I believe that any dried salt crystals in the rope start to make minute cuts inside the rope when itís moved, and degrade it from the inside out.
Is there an easier way?
Recently Iíve started to dump the wet suit boots in the washing machine to rinse them out, rather than the big bin method, and am considering this with the Ropes as well.
Or should I just replace the ropes every two years or so?