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Nylon line does not float. The yellow line is polypropylene line, and for a rescue buoy has some advantages. The first being is that it does float, which makes it much easier for the MOB to find. The second being it is usually a color that is quite easy to see. Third, it is very unlikely to snag your prop, as it floats.
However, it does have some serious disadvantages. First, polypro is very subject to UV degradation, and breaks down faster than most other types of line under exposure to sunlight and UV. Second, it is one of the weakest fibers you can get as modern synthetic ropes go.
Properly stored, with protection from UV, polypro is probably an excellent line to use with a horseshoe buoy. That is what is used IIRC on all the LifeSling2 type IV PFDs. However, the polypro line that comes with the LS2 has a nylon protective UV cover for the section that is tied to the boat.
A lot of the Polypro line avaiable today is braided, not three-strand laid rope..and doesn't to tangle as easily or as much as the older lines did. There are new synthetics, that are much more UV resistant than Polypro, that also float, that could be used in its place. However, they tend to be far more expensive as well. Polypro is one of the cheapest lines available.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 09-22-2006 at 02:01 AM.