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Heat Shrink for Whipping Rope Ends?

Hi all. I just got a load of clear heat shrink (adhesive lined) in preparation for slowly rewiring my boat. Well, I put some on the end of some dock line and heated it up and I liked the results. Has anybody else done this before? It's kind of like a big shoe lace end. Being clear, I would think that moisture can eventually be dried by the sun. Can anybody see any downside to using heat shrink for this purpose? I am thinking of doing my reefing lines that are attached to the main. Last time out in a big blow they began to unravel. Anyway, thanks in advance for the input.

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Hi all. I just got a load of clear heat shrink (adhesive lined) in preparation for slowly rewiring my boat. Well, I put some on the end of some dock line and heated it up and I liked the results. Has anybody else done this before? It's kind of like a big shoe lace end. Being clear, I would think that moisture can eventually be dried by the sun. Can anybody see any downside to using heat shrink for this purpose? I am thinking of doing my reefing lines that are attached to the main. Last time out in a big blow they began to unravel. Anyway, thanks in advance for the input.

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Hey, I like your thinking. I guess one question would be how it stands up to UV but that's about all I can come up with.

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My wonder would be as to how soft/flexible the ends would be? Whenever I use heatshrinkwrap, it seems to be somewhat inflexible.

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I've seen it done before, but never done it on my lines. I also had a friend that used dip it. (for coating tool handles) It looks good, but don't know how it's still holding up.
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Heat shrink that I have used sets pretty hard when it's done - I wonder how long it will last before being cracked and broken by beinbg bashed around.


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I use liquid rope whipping, especially useful for keeping ends from fraying too.


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A proper line whipping, like a french whipping, only takes a few minutes to do. It doesn't affect the rope's flexibility as much... and doesn't risk damaging the rope due to exposure to high temperatures.

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We use it all the time. Seems to work great. You can even color code lines. I concede it's probably not as good as whipping but it sure is fast. We use a heat gun set on low so I doubt there's any line damage.

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Try whipping with rescue tape, this stuff is great for all kinds of applications including line whipping

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I'm with SD...take a few extra minutes and do it right. If your near Norfolk, I'll help!
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