Light as a feather, strong as steel. Size-for-size, Samson Ropes Amsteel Blue AS-78 has the same strength as steel yet it is so light that it even floats.
We recommend all sailors keep a couple 5-10 ft. pieces of this rope in a few different diameters on the boat as backup - perfect for emergency replacements or repairs if a hound or shackle fails.
- Uncovered applications of Amsteel include primaries in cascades, vangs, traveler bridles, trapezes on dinghies. Great as wire replacement.
- When covered, use Amsteel as lightweight sheets for big boats, all halyards, tack lines.
- It works well as a replacement for wire outhauls or wire halyards to prevent issues from burs in wire and to save extra weight.
- In hand, this rope is very flexible, very smooth and slippery. These characteristics means that it works great for purchase systems above and below deck, but will need to be covered in areas where cleats are involved. If needed, APS can cover all or part of AmSteel Blue with a Polyester jacket to provide you with better handling and cleating.
Cover Material: No cover
Core Material: 100% Dyneema SK-78
- This torque-free, 12-strand single braid is made with Samson's proprietary blue Samthane coating over Dyneema SK-78 fiber. Dyneema has extremely low-stretch properties, superior flex, and wear resistance. The fully coated, tightly woven core provides great abrasion resistance so that it can be used in various applications all over the boat.
End Termination: Melted
- Ends can be melted but the line does not melt together as well as polyester. However, Dyneema will fuse together and the tight weave will limit fraying.
- Very easy to splice with a 12-strand eye splice.
|Size: Inches||Size: Millimeters||Tensile Strength (lbs.)||Weight in Lbs/100 ft.|
|Line Application||Main Halyard, Jib/Genoa Halyard, Control Line, Backstay, Lifelines|
|Line Construction||Single Braid|
|Core Material||Dyneema SK-78|
- Easy to splice
- Color bleed but I think they fixed that
Easily splicable, works well as a strop or soft shackle.
There is a use for Amsteel on virtually any boat.
- Very strong, easy to splice
- slightly slippery
Hi, this is Kyle from APS, and I'm here to share with you some of the characteristics of AmSteel Blue AS-78 Line by Samson Ropes.
This is a single braid of DSK-78 Dyneema. It has a kind of a medium braid angle to it. It's a stronger steel, much lighter, highly abrasion resistant. It's DSK-78, so it's low stretch, high strength, and low, low creep. This, besides just primary applications, we see a lot of people keeping a couple of different diameters on the boat for backups or emergencies, a good length of it, so if something were to fail, whether it was mechanical, hardware, or line, you can take a piece of this and quickly splice or tie it in place. Whether it's to help with the standing rigging issue, running rigging, or a piece of hardware that's pulled out, because of its high strength, low stretch, and abrasion resistance, it's a great backup line.
So, for primary applications, uncovered, we see this used in all sizes of boats. In Cascades, like for Vangs and Travelers, and also see it for trapeze lines on dinghies. On bigger boats, for halyards, and tack lines, and in those applications we would add a jacket, either a high-tech jacket or a polyester jacket, in the areas where it's being handled, clutched, cleated, et cetera. If you do an eye splice with this, because it's a single braid, it would just be a simple 12-strand eye splice. Also, this works great as a wire replacement, whether it's for something like an outhaul you could easily, as long as the sheaves are in good condition, use this.
Starting with the smallest, this is 7/64”, pretty small stuff, but it's braided so that you could still do a 12-strand eye splice with it. That moves us up to 1/8”, very flexible. There's the braid angle on that. From that we have 5/32”. Moving up to 3/16”. Up to ¼”. And 5/16”. Then up to 3/8” and 7/16”.
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