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I wouldve thought double polyester rather than nylon
Brain spasm, on my part. They are indeed double braid poly.


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I canít say for sure the bleach was even necessary. I didnít try a control. I have to wonder if the weakening is impacted by the amount of bleach used. I used only a tablespoon for a load.

In any event, it the only time theyíve been cleaned in 10 years. The dirt and grime were undoubtedly weakening the line too. Iíve never seen a line like this part in the middle, unless it was chafed. I bet the over engineering will likely accommodate the loss. Iím going to redo the eye splices, as they are minorly chafed inside.

I washed one line at a time. If I had two in there, I think Iíd prefer the mesh bags for each. Pillow cases canít allow as much flow and these lines had some real dirt I would presume would be captured inside a pillow case.


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Re: Cleaning control lines

I washed my four halyards this fall. I put them in mesh laundry bag, used a half dosage of our regular detergent, and washed them on hot. They came out great. I should have daisy chained them, since they did tangle a bit, but it wasn't too bad.

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Re: Cleaning control lines

I'm not sayin' I have not washed lines. I have.
* Not often. 5 years.
* No bleach. Long soak, then wash in bucket or pillow case.
* Treat with water repellent like Nikwax. Or don't even bother washing. It REALLY helps.

Heck, probably 80% of the line I have used in the last 25 years has come from the recycle bin. People throw line away because it is dirty, and some of the racers bin it because it was from last year.

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Somewhere in my past I remember reading that you can clean lines in a household dishwasher. Knots and fraying are not an issue, and dishwashing detergent, supposedly, will not harm the line. I have not tried this, however.
When we had our smaller boat I washed the lines in the clothes washing machine. I decided to skip the mesh bag/pillow case step. BIG MISTAKE. I invented one new giant knot (aka a knotted mess).

The lines were wonderfully clean, however. Just a touch of clothes detergent. No bleach. Dishwasher detergent is mostly bleach.

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Re: Cleaning control lines

One should tie the line into one of these first. No knots after washing for me at all. Some of the links elongated, but that was it. Came right apart.

https://www.animatedknots.com/chainsinnet/

I'm trying to put the new eye splices in this morning, but my fids are on board and my improvised pen cases, etc, are not working well. Looks like I'm ordering a home set of fids. Can't believe how many things I have on the boat and at home. Ugh.
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Re: Cleaning control lines

I tried washing my jib sheets in a mesh bag in my top-loading washer, and they came out just as dirty as they went in!

I can see how a front-loader might do a much better job.
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I tried washing my jib sheets in a mesh bag in my top-loading washer, and they came out just as dirty as they went in!

I can see how a front-loader might do a much better job.
Washing machine? How about a 5-gallon paint bucket, or they have those 15 gallon Rubbermaid storage boxes. I would recommend carpet cleaning shampoo, as it is designed to not leave residue and to leave synthetic fibers pliable. Also has a grease cutter and an antifungal agent.

Then you can hoist it over a tree limb or haul it up the halyard on the mast, to let it drip dry.

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One should tie the line into one of these first. No knots after washing for me at all. Some of the links elongated, but that was it. Came right apart.

https://www.animatedknots.com/chainsinnet/

I'm trying to put the new eye splices in this morning, but my fids are on board and my improvised pen cases, etc, are not working well. Looks like I'm ordering a home set of fids. Can't believe how many things I have on the boat and at home. Ugh.
I tested washing lines secured different ways; whether bucket or machine, the chain sinnet (daisy chain) seemed to best protect the line from damage and allowed it to move around just enough to scrub. It also dries faster.

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Re: Cleaning control lines

R&W Ropes has a sale... I bought new reefing lines - 4 of them... from ends... over 200' x 3/8" staset... $80. Good deal...

Old lines will be given to cut up for fender lines... dinghy pennants and so forth.

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