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Just got back from Dania florida boat flea market.
I want to replace all of the running riggin line on a 42 Vagabond ketch, so
after looking at a couple of different vendors spools, I bought a 600'
1/2" colored braid for $215.00. They were asking 250 on the tag. After getting it home, I found markings on the bottom of the spool stating made in Mexico, 1200 foot 3/8". The seller stated the rope was made USA in N.Carolina , so I'm hoping they just used the spool drum. Question is now, where can I send a sample of this rope to get tested for strength an maybe origin? flea market - buyer beware
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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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I was going to make a photoshop of that...but....I am on the wagon
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I've heard that if you buy the so-called "Viagra" from Mexico, you turn into a eunuck . . . so how well do you expect Mexican rope to perform on your boat?

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Hey Chuck...tie one end of the rope to a post, the other end to a car bumper. Drive the car...see how many guys fall off the rope

and if they do....listen to what they say...

If they are singing "La Cucaracha"...the rope is Mexican...If they are singing "Li Po Chi Ta" the rope is made in China...
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I've heard that if you buy the so-called "Viagra" from Mexico, you turn into a eunuck . . . so how well do you expect Mexican rope to perform on your boat?
If you dip the Mexican rope in diluted Mexican Viagra maybe it wil stand up to whatever you put it thru.

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testing rope, viagra, where's this going?
thanks for the replies
I like the one test of tieing one end to a post an hitching up my truck to the other end
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Well ya can't return it, so just put it on and if it breaks, its no good. Just don't try it on a long trip somewhere.

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