Most boats use rope made of synthetic fibers.

Nylon is the strongest and most elastic which makes it the line of choice for anchoring and for [easyazon_link identifier=”B004XAD87K” locale=”US” tag=”myfamanc-20″]dock lines[/easyazon_link].

The elasticity helps absorb shock loads when the water is rough.

Polyester is nearly as strong but has less stretch or elasticity which makes it a good choice for rigging on a sailboat.

Polypropylene is less strong than either nylon or polyester, but its prime value is that it floats.

This is the line of choice for [easyazon_link identifier=”B000OF3IQE” locale=”US” tag=”myfamanc-20″]ski lines[/easyazon_link] and even towing small boats (dingy) since it is less likely to tangle with the propeller.

It does deteriorate more from sunlight and is susceptible to chafe and abrasions.

The United States Power Squadrons offers many courses such as seamanship, navigation, marine mechanics and marine electronics. For more information contact Jim Sweeten, Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron, at 918.964,0849 or e-mail [email protected] Also visit our website at: usps.org/grandlake


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