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How to Tie a Cleat Hitch, Three Ways

Tying a line to a cleat should be easy and secure, but walk down any dock and you will be amazed at the creative ways lines are ‘secured’ to cleats.  We will show you the correct and the incorrect ways to secure a line to a horn cleat using a cleat hitch.  You might be surprised what you learn, even if you’re ‘salty.’ Half Wrap Cleat Hitch This is most commonly seen as the standard cleat hitch in North America, […]

How to Measure the Diameter of Braided Line | Expert Advice

Hi, this is Kyle from APS. I’m going to show you how to measure the diameter of braided line properly with high confidence on both used line and brand new line. Line Diameters are Nominal Values Okay, the first thing we need to do is set our expectations around line diameters for braided lines. Line measurements are nominal values. That is to say that the list of diameters are approximations. Things that contribute to the diameter of a line would […]

How to Coil & Stow Braided Lines & Ropes | Expert Advice

Hi, this is Kyle from APS. I’m here to show you how to coil braided line the correct way and the incorrect way. The Incorrect Way to Coil Line I’ve got a piece of 3/8” double braid here. This would be ideal for a halyard. I’m simulating a shackle on the end. Always start with the working end, where the hardware is or where the jacket is stripped. I’m going to do what I think most people typically think is […]

Sailboat Line Materials: What is Nylon Line? | Expert Advice

Nylon line is a commonly used thermoplastic found in many everyday items. It has long been used in the modern marine industry for dock lines and anchor rodes (a fancy anchoring term for ‘line’). When used alone (not blended with another line material), Nylon line serves as a well functioning dock line material. Nylon is naturally semi-elastic, abrasion resistant, and fairly flexible. These traits make it easy to hold onto and tie off your boat. For dock lines, Nylon will give you peace-of-mind […]

Sailboat Line Materials: What is Polypropylene Line? | Expert Advice

Polypropylene Line is a thermoplastic polymer material that has a wide variety of uses.  It is commonly found in many household, textile, and industrial applications. For the marine industry, polypropylene line is tough, flexible, and strong yet lightweight enough to float which makes this ideal for dinghies and small keel boats. Polypropylene Rope Characteristics: Light weight: when compared to  similarly-sized diameter lines. Does not absorb water Floats Excellent shock absorption Easy to splice Economical Low tolerance to UV Low Melting Point Low Abrasion Resistant Some common applications […]

Sailboat Line Materials: What is Vectran Line? | Expert Advice

When you need the Hercules of lines, look no further than a Vectran rope. Vectran is a type of liquid crystal polymer (LCP). It is similar to Dyneema with a few key differences. Vectran rope made its way into the sailing industry due to its very desirable properties of low stretch, or elongation under load. It is comparable to Dyneema but much less creep, and elongation over time. Vectran also offers higher resistance to heat. The trade off comes in that […]

Sailboat Line Construction: Single Braid vs Double Braid | Expert Advice

There are several factors that affect marine rope performance. The main two are the construction and material. Today we’re going to talk about construction differences in marine rope. The major construction difference comes in the form of a double braid line and a single braid line. Although, it is hard to just talk about construction without discussing material differences so we’ll get to the a little later. A single braid, at its most basic, is a braided line that has no cover and no core. […]

Sailboat Line Materials: What is Dyneema line? | Expert Advice

Sailing Line is made with a wide variety of materials, each have unique characteristics that allow them to excel in different applications. In our next few blog post we are going to take you through each option and describe what makes it unique, and how you can use it. Next up is Dyneema line. Dyneema line is made of a popular and versatile “high tech” material that is used in many line applications today.  It is used in single braid and double braid applications. Here’s […]