The new Dyneema/Spectra chafe sleeves are even better than leather, since they allow more water through to cool and lubricate the line in heavy weather. A serious source of mooring/dock/anchor line failures is due to internal friction causing enough heat and damaging the rope because the chafe gear didn't let water through. Water acts to both cool and lubricate nylon lines.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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