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Certain winches and rope clutches require a minimum diameter that varies from boat to boat. The wrong length rope can lead to men tripping or getting hit by the sail. However, the covered rope also has its benefits depending on its desired use. If you are looking for a rope to use with winches and jammers, you want a covered rope, which offers the friction necessary. With a protected core, the covered rope is likely to last longer than a rope that has no cover. A covered rope also comes in a greater variety of colors, making the individual ropes more easily identifiable.

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As the running rigging describes all the moveable lines, the standing rigging refers to all the lines that support the stationary objects, such as the mast. These are normally constructed from steel cables, not from rope. Blocks strapped with a thimble, or hook and thimble, have the strap spliced together at the ends. The foremost is the shortest, and they increase one inch in length as they go aft.

TOP-ROPE-PENDENTS have a large iron thimble spliced in the lower end; are marled over the splice in the rigging house, and pointed when got on-board. GUY-PENDENTS are doubled, and served with spun-yarn in the bight, one fathom in length. All shrouds are wormed with double spun-yarn, one-fourth the length from the center to the eye, on each side; but the fore-leg of the foremost pair is wormed all the way to the end. WHIPPING, to prevent the unravelling of the end of a rope. Round the end of the rope, and lay one end under the four first turns, and the other end under the four last turns, and haul tight. Another method is, to knot every turn on the contrary side of the rope, hauling it tight, and finishing the last turn with a reef-knot.

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BREAST-WORK. The rails and stantions on the foremost end of the quarter-deck and poop. BELAYING. Fastening a rope, by giving it several cross turns alternately round each end, of a cleat, pin, &c. Order before midday Monday to Friday and we will ship your order the same day. No cordage should be subjected to a strain above one-third of its estimated strength.

The necessary instructions for which are accordingly here given. TYE. A sort of runner, or large rope, used to convey the effort of the tackle to hoist the upper yards and gaff. TRUSS. A rope employed to confine or slacken the lower-yards to or from their respective masts. TOP. A platform, surrounding the lower mast-heads, to extend the topmast-shrouds, &c. TIMENOGUY. A Rope fastened at one end to the fore-shrouds, and nailed at the other end to the anchor-stock, on the bow, to prevent the fore-sheet from entangling. JACK-BLOCK. A small block seized to the topgallant-mast-head, for sending the topgallant-yards up and down.


The tarred plain-laid ranks next in point of strength, and is in more general use than any other. The lighter kinds of standing rigging, much of the running rigging, and many purchase falls are made of this kind of rope. The Rig Wire 99 is the ultimate lightweight rope solution to replace standing rigging. Sailboat halyard rope of the ‘heat set’ pre-stretched core is reduced to a minimum. The compact Dyneema® cover protects against abrasion and any wear and tear.

When the British left New York in 1784, the American’s sought to replace the British markets lost. They went to China with the ginseng that grew wild in the New England woods. This trade led to the development of the China clipper, ripe with sail and long on line that saw a hard, short life. The size of the clipper ship topped out with Donald Mackay’s “Great Republic”. In it’s large sail plan the boltropes sewn into the topsails were 8 1/2” and her main yard was 120 feet long.

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