Buying rope of unknown quality, make and origin, even at a really good price is generally a mistake. Rope may look similar, but without knowing the quality, the specifications can vary widely.
You can buy what looks like a decent double braid line down at the hardware store
. The 3/8" stuff says that it has a SWL of somewhere around 244 lbs, meaning its breaking strength is probably less than 2400 lbs. It’s also made of polypropylene more likely than not, since it floats. A good marine 3/8" dacron double braid, in this case StaSet, has a SWL of about 440 lbs. will have a breaking strength of 4400 lbs. or so.
Recently, a person on here bought rope for use as an anchor rode from eBay IIRC. The rope had numerous splices in it, even though it was supposed to be new on a spool. Not exactly what I'd want to use for my anchor rode.
A decent polyester double braid 1/2" line, like Samson 1/2 LST Yacht Braid goes for about a $1 a foot. You paid $250 for 600', or $0.42 a foot. That's probably a lot less than the wholesale cost of a good marine double braid. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
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