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post #1 of Old 06-23-2007
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Softening Mooring Lines


I've just returned to using my sailboat after two years of living in Japan. It's been moored in the Pacific Northwest in a protected saltwater harbor for the whole time. Needless to say it needs a lot of cleaning, which I have a good handle on.

However, my mooring lines, which I think are single-braided cotton (3-strand) are very stiff, presumably from being exposed for so long. What can I do to soften them up? They are in suitable condition as far as strength and I am not concerned about them snapping or anything. But I hate having to get the lines wet just so they loosen up enough to coil the excess length.

I've thought about bringing them home and washing them in hot water with a lot of fabric softener... but I don't have any clue if that will help anything.

p.s. I'd rather have stiff lines than new lines - there are too many other things I'd rather spend the money on, even if it's only $30.
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