New England Ropes STS (Stronger than Steel) Wire Replacement Rope has a 100% Dyneema core and cover making it the perfect wire rope replacement for lifelines and selected standing rigging. It's lighter, more flexible and have a much longer service life than wire. WR2 works well as replacement lifelines, below deck wires or backstays.
- Common applications for WR2 are lifelines, select standing rigging, backstays or wires where abrasion is a concern.
- WR2 is a very smooth, almost slick line. It is fairly stiff, however much more flexible than wire.
Cover Material: Dyneema
- The Dyneema cover has an extremely tight weave for outstanding durability. This allows WR2 to stand up to abrasion much better than wire. Dyneema is resistant to moisture and UV rays.
Core Material: Dyneema
- A high strength Dyneema core gives WR2added strength and stability. It has a very low braid angle meaning making it less likely to snag and generally more durable. The coated HMPE core is not recommend for stripping.
End Termination: Melted
- Ends can be melted but whipping is recommend to keep the Dyneema from fraying over time.
- Splicing is possible but can be difficult due to tightness of cover and layer of UV coating.
- Stripping is possible, but not advised.
|Size: Inches||Size: Millimeters||Tensile Strength (lbs.)||Weight in Lbs/100 ft.|
|Line Application||Backstay, Lifelines|
|Line Construction||Double Braid|
|Core Material||Dyneema SK-78|
|Cover Material||Dyneema / Spectra|
The WR2 by New England Ropes is a Dyneema single braid covered by a Dyneema cover that is made specifically for wire replacement, and is particularly well suited for sailboat lifeline replacement.
This week I am showing you lightweight lifelines made with the new WR2. One of the least thought about and important parts of any vessels safety equipment are the lifelines. ISAF Offshore Regulations now set minimum diameters on fibrous lifelines that have been spliced, and recommend a covered Dyneema line like the WR2 as a best option. The WR2 in the 3/16” size shown complies with all regulations on any size vessel.
As you see in the video, a fibrous sailboat lifeline is easy to install, and according to the manufacturer have a longer service life than the wire they replace.
If you are replacing a wire lifeline it is important that you take a file and smooth any burrs on your stanchions that the old wire may have created. Once that is covered you can enjoy years of maintenance free, easy to handle, lightweight lifelines.
Please feel free to contact our Sales and Customer Service Crew with any questions on replacing a sailboat lifeline with this great new alternative.