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Old 14-03-2015, 06:27   #1
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Recommendation for Quality Cordage in the UK?

I'm about to buy a significant amount of new cordage, and I don't want to repeat previous mistakes.

When I rerigged two years ago I let Spencer Rigging in Cowes choose the cordage for that part of the running rigging which I replaced then, and it was all very disappointing. The polyester double braid came from Marlowe Ropes, and it is significantly less densely built than the original ropes from Moody, and much less pleasant to handle. The Dyneema halyards, with polyester sheath, are so loosely made that they feel like a rope inside a tube. I hate the way they feel, especially considering the vast cost of them.

Now for new sails I have to replace my yankee sheets, and it's time to replace the mainsheet, which has swollen with time so that it starts to stick in the clutch.

My old yankee sheets, although they have nearly 20,000 miles and fraying and nicked here and there, have a wonderful hand, are soft and flexible but very densely woven. They are fat 16mm double braid.

Someone suggested that Moody used to get their cordage from English Braids. I think the company has changed hands since then, but maybe worth a try?

Does anyone have any recommendations for really quality cordage, available over here? Sailing involves almost constant handling of ropes; for them to be of poor quality will so much spoil the tactile enjoyment.
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Re: Recommendation for Quality Cordage in the UK?

Check Liros and Marlow. I like both makes.

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Re: Recommendation for Quality Cordage in the UK?

Liros is good in my experience


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Re: Recommendation for Quality Cordage in the UK?

If it's not possible to visit a chandler personally I'd advise you to shop the Internet or the catalogs, narrow your search to a few likely candidates, and order a yard of each. Once they arrive you can test the "hand" of each and make a choice. I also choose by "hand" as all the other specifications from one manufacturer to the next are damn close these days.
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Re: Recommendation for Quality Cordage in the UK?

I have mostly got Marlow, which is OK. I have bought various types and makes from a number of places in the UK and US but nothing to specially recommend. I was going to try this place in Germany next, which specialises in Liros and which I encountered and bookmarked a few months ago:

Watersports Shop BlueFaible

Thanks to the collapsing Euro their prices are really good and cheaper than any UK or US source, so if you like the product you will save some cash.

Are you going to go for dyneema double braid for sheets this time or to stick with polyester?
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Re: Recommendation for Quality Cordage in the UK?

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I have mostly got Marlow, which is OK. I have bought various types and makes from a number of places in the UK and US but nothing to specially recommend. I was going to try this place in Germany next, which specialises in Liros and which I encountered and bookmarked a few months ago:

Watersports Shop BlueFaible

Thanks to the collapsing Euro their prices are really good and cheaper than any UK or US source, so if you like the product you will save some cash.

Are you going to go for dyneema double braid for sheets this time or to stick with polyester?
Thanks for the tips -- euro arbitrage -- good idea. I don't like the Marlow, particularly not the Dyneema. My headsail sheets are fat 16mm polyester, and are plenty strong enough. I shudder to think of sheets with the same "rope in a tube" feel like my halyards. I care about their hand, and structural integrity, more than anything.
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