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Re: What Size Dock Lines do I Need ?
Personally I don't use double braid - not enough stretch. I'd use 3-strand.
Given the fact your ropes parted, I think that is a clue that 1/2" was not sufficient, so 5/8 or 3/4. If in doubt, why not overkill? That way you can feel confident.
Don't agree. The issue as described is age and wear. Lines are consumable items. They need to be inspected and replaced. My fixed dock lines (5/8" on a 22,000 lb boat) get replaced every three or four years.
I like double braid. I think it is easier to splice, and has a better feel. It also coils easier and doesn't stiffen like three strand does.
Greg - I'm shipping you a box of lines. Splicing an eye in 3-strand takes me about eight minutes. Double braid takes me 20 minutes or more. How do you figure double braid is easier to splice?
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