rode is most likely to be stressed, with the
remainder of the rode being nylon.
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There are other alternatives to conventional nylon anchor lines. Yale Cordage
makes a braid-on-braid mooring pennant
that has a nylon core for stretch and shock
absorption and a polyester outer core to
resist chafe. The outer core is woven to
produce stretch (mechanical) that is comparable to stretch in the nylon core. The line is
sold in shorter lengths with eyes for use as
Another choice is plait; it is soft and
pliable, takes up less space in an anchor
locker, and can be twisted without hockling.
Plaited rope is also more elastic and has
more breaking strength than three-strand,
although not as strong as braid-on-braid.
Plait is also easily spliced.
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Cleat location is a significant weak
spot often overlooked. A cleat located on
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If the cleat can’t be moved, chafe
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garden hoses and even fire hose, have the
potential to reduce compression at the
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However, hose allows heat to build up and
prevents cooling water from reaching the
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