How to Terminate Lines With a Rope Cutter | Expert Advice

One of the cleanest ways to cut Dyneema or polyester ropes is to use a Rope Cutter. Alternatives, as seen in my last video, work great if you’re on the dock or racing—but the hot knife is ideal for terminating sailboat lines at home.

We always recommend using a permanent solution like an End Whip, but realize this isn’t always practical.

A neat characteristic of polyester rope is that when it burns, the strands fuse together. This makes for a great end on a double braid polyester rope, and an even better seal on a double braided high tech line.

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