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New England Ropes

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New England Ropes

New England Ropes, Corp. has maintained and built upon its reputation as the leading manufacturer of premium quality rope since 1967. New England Ropes offers the most innovative products available, using the finest first-class fiber and manufactured in New England, these ropes are designed and tested in some of the worlds most notoriously harsh conditions. These ropes can withstand everything from daunting mountain peaks, to ruthless sea.

New England Ropes offer great features and quality, and three main points for their high performance. New England Ropes, Boat Image

  • Great handling: Every line is easy to handle, running smoothly and resisting kinking and hockling.
  • High performance: These ropes offer a unique manufacturing process to stabilize each line and improve flexibility, reduce shrinkage and prevent hardening.
  • Extended life: Yarns and strands lay smoothly and uniformly in the rope to achieve even wear and outstanding abrasion resistance.

    Ropes for every purpose

    Grand Prix Racing

    New England ARC Rope
    • ARC - "Bullet proof" jacket with a Vectran or optional Dyneema core
    • Endura 12 - Ultra light and ultra strong
    • Endura Braid - High performance, strength, and durability for the competitive sailor
    • Poly-Tec - A 24-carrier addition to the family of abrasion resistant covers
    • Pro-PBO - Ultimate performance product
    • V-100 - The ultimate in high load performance
    • V-12 - Highest strength, lowest stretch 12-strand rope

    Club Level Racing

    New England Ropes Flight Line
    • Flight Line - Strong and lightweight sheets; perfect for tapering
    • Salsa Line - Ultra strong, ultra soft sheet for larger one designs and keelboats
    • STA-SET - Industry leading polyester double braid
    • T-900 - Low stretch and low creep main halyard
    • VPC - Unique mid-tech product for sheets and halyards

    Dinghy/ One Design

    New England Ropes Spyder Line
    • BZZZ Line - Kink-free sheets
    • Endura 12 - Ultra light and ultra strong
    • Finish Line - The strongest pre-stretch polyester line on the market
    • Regatta Lite - Lightweight and great to handle
    • Spyderline - Spiderweb strength in a dinghy control line
    • V-12 - Highest strength, lowest stretch 12-strand rope


    New England Ropes Sta-Set X
    • Regatta Braid - Flexible Single braid, low stretch and easy to handle
    • STA-SET - Industry leading polyester double braid
    • STA-SET X - Unique parallel core design for less stretch

    Traditional Rigging

    New England Ropes 3-Strand Polyester Line
    • 3-Strand Polyester - Traditional low stretch running rigging
    • 3-Strand Spun Polyester - For a traditional look and feel
    • Regatta Braid - Flexible Single braid, low stretch and easy to handle
    • STA-SET - Industry leading polyester double braid

    Anchoring & Docking

    New England Ropes Dinghy Tow Rope
    • 3-Strand Nylon - Outstanding strength and abrasion resistance
    • Dinghy Tow Rope - Brightly colored floating tow line
    • Fender Whips - Factory-spliced whips of durable premium nylon
    • Mega Braid - Dock and anchor lines for larger boats
    • Mega Braid II - Dock and anchor lines for boats up to 45'
    • Nylon DB Braid - Strong, durable, and easy to handle

    Sail Making Products

    New England Rope Endura 12 Line
    • 3-Strand Spun Polyester - Offers the traditional look and feel
    • Braided Luffline - Stiff, durable, and strong
    • Endura 12 - Ultra light and ultra strong
    • T100 Cord - Strong, low stretch, durable cord

    Towing & Mooring Lines

    New England Ropes Industrial Double Polyester Braid
    • Endura 12 - Ultra light and ultra strong (Mooring &Towing Lines)
    • Endura Braid - High performance, strength and durabilty for the competitive sailor (Mooring &Towing Lines)
    • Industrial Poly DB Braid - Double braid construction provides torque-free running (Mooring &Towing Lines)
    • Nylon DB Braid - Strong, durable, and easy to handle (Mooring &Towing Lines)
    • Mega Braid - Dock and anchor lines for larger boats (Mooring Line)
    • Mega Braid II - Dock and anchor line for boats up to 45' (Mooring Line)

    Line Care

    Abrasion and Sharp Edges
    Regularly check the masthead, exit slots, blocks, windlasses and any other surface where a rope may come into contact to be sure there are no burrs or sharp edges. As well, cotter pins and split rings in turnbuckles and blocks should be tape.

    Dirt and Cleaning
    Because dirt and salt can cause premature wear, frequently washing the rope and running rigging with fresh water will help aid in the care of the rope. For a more thorough cleaning, soak the rope in warm water mixed with a mild detergent, adding a small amount of fabric softener will help to soften the rope. Rinse thoroughly and hang to dry in indirect sunlight.

    Sheave Diameter
    The rule of thumb is that the diameter of the sheave should be at least 8 times the diameter of the rope (ie. 3/8 rope, use a 3 sheave). The sheave groove should be a gentle curve, not a V or double groove (as is used with wire rigging). The groove should also be approximately 10% wider than the rope.

    Rope Longevity and Eliminating Twist
    Wrapping line around winches, windlasses and cleats puts alot of twist into a rope, these twists make the rope hard to handle and more prone to kinking or jamming while in blocks. Severe twists will cause the rope to get out of round, resulting in faster wear and reduced strength. To eliminate twist, trail your rope behind the boat and allow the halyards to hang free at both ends.

    While synthetic fibers have good chemical resistance, exposure to harsh chemicals like acids and alkaliss should be avoided. Be sure to inspect ropes frequently for signs of wear or damage and retire any rope that has been cut or abraded. Over time all synthetic fibers will undergo degradation when exposed to sunlight. Polypropylene is more susceptible to UV degradation than other fibers.

    Tensile Strength
    The load at which a new rope, tested under laboratory conditions, can be expected to break is referred to as tensile strength. Rope strength is the approximate average for new rope tested under ASTM test method D-6268. To estimate the minimum tensile strength of a new rope, reduce the approximate average by 20%. Age, usage and the type of termination used such as knots will significantly lower tensile strengths.

    Working Loads
    The safe working load of a rope is determined by dividing the minimum tensile strength by the ropes safety factor. Safety factors range from 5 to 12 for non-critical uses. The working load is a guideline for rope in good condition used in non-critical applications and should be reduced where life, limb or valuable property are involved, or where exceptional shock, sustained loading, severe vibration, etc. may be experienced.

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