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I''m considering purchasing a boat that for the most part seems to be a pretty good deal. One item of concern is that the boat was left rigged on a trailer all of last year leaving otherwise good running rigging hard as rocks. I''ve been told that as long as the lines aren''t frayed they''ll be fine and that you can run them through a washing machine in a pillowcase and they''ll soften up again.

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Peter,

We wash the sheets for the main and headsails once each year at the end of the season. A top-loading washing machine with some laundry detergent has done a good job every time. The pillow case may be a technique for a front loading machine to keep multiple lines from tangling.

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It''s all just plastic - like a polyester suit. Putting a lot in at once may do a number on your washing machine. We slosh our lines around in a bucket with some dishwashing liquid every year or so, and that seems to do the trick for us.
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Thanks for the replies. I''ll give it a shot.

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Thanks for your thoughts. If I purchase I''ll give it a try. I''m about to look for a surveyor but that''s a story for another post.

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