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Old 09-01-2011, 10:19   #1
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Glow-in-the-Dark Lines and Halyards for Replacement ?

Hello all;

While surfing, glow in the dark halyards/lines caught my eye, manufactured by safetyglowusa.com and lancelin.com . Does anyone using these and/or have comments? Changing all the lines and halyards to glow in the dark -especially for a clumsy guy like me- seems like a great idea but I wonder if it would worth the effort and more importantly will I compromise from safety -if these ropes are somewhat less resilient to chafing and sun?


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Old 09-01-2011, 10:28   #2
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Interesting -- didn't know they existed. In addition to making nighttime sail handling a bit easier, they would also serve as large scale "anchor lights" in harbor.
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I have come across www.glorope.au which also distributes quite a lot of glow-in-the-dark products.

I'm not sure I like the glow-in-the-dark ropes idea, how are you to know which rope is which one as a glow is a glow, at least during the day I can look at different rope colours!

But what I do like are these luminous labels

gloEUrope Distribution | gloRope.eu | gloSS Fallenstoper-Etikett

Am waiting to see if they can produce these in English.
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If a watch doesnt glow for more than 10 minutes now they have taken the radio-active isotope out of the luminus paint how the hell do they get ropes to do it?

Maybe you have to shine a torch on it first...


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After starting this thread, another thought came up to my mind. What if you're in pirate infested waters -say strait of Malacca or Gulf- and try to outrun them by hiding in the dark? On the other hand, tripping on a line and breaking a few bones is a much probable problem so whether they shine 10 minutes or all night, I still think they're a good idea and I'm really sorry that I did not thought about it first!

And for charging or whatever you call it in order to make them shine at night, I believe sunshine -especially at tropics- should be more than enough!
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I guess you could cross you fingers on the off chance they don't have radar, but I'd say they do, so I don't see how it would make a whole lot of difference.
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Radar? O.k., now I feel like a complete idiot for not thinking about that!
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I think the vast majority of boaters stay far enough away from pirates that some glow in the dark lines wouldn't be much of an issue... Just another example of the paranoia of sailors (myself included)!
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Do they come in red and green for use as sheets? what happens when you tie them together in a knot

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How about glowing anchor lines/snubbers?
Glow in the dark dock lines
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Nothing is mentioned of how bright they are. The advertisement also say's "up to 8 hours" which translates to something less than 8 hours. As far as using it as an anchor light, it will not have anywhere near the brightness of a white 2 mile anchor light as described in the COLREG's.

It's a neat idea though and just might work for some applications.
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several years ago I tried that for my main halyard. Since I had 30+ lines on the boat I didn't want to get confusing (or expensive) so went with the one at a time approach.

It never was that bright and in any case didn't last long.

I find that after a bit you can practically find your way around with your eyes closed anyway.

Maybe do one at a time? mainsheet or main halyard and go one more at at a time if you like it?

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