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Old 29-02-2016, 07:01   #1
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Reconditioning Lines question...

Hello all. I live in Costa Rica, and am getting my boat back in the water after a few years on the dry. A lot of my lines, and sailing ropes got slimy in the rainy season, and now it is the dry season, and I wondered if there was a best way to rinse, and clean, and test these lines. Is there a combo of bleach and water or a preferred product for getting these lines back in shape? Thanks!
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Re: Reconditioning Lines question...

Most rope manufacturers recommend a mild detergent & water.
What's the Best Way to Clean Rope? - Practical Sailor Print Edition Article
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Old 29-02-2016, 08:01   #3
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Re: Reconditioning Lines question...

Mesh bag, front load washer and Woolite.
Please don't just put them in the washer loose, don't ask! Put them in a mesh bag.
Might not work on seriously crusty lines, if they are that bad I'd replace them.
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Re: Reconditioning Lines question...

Nylon lines are particularly suceptable to becoming crusty, and since it is a chemical change from uv exposure there isn't a whole lot to do about it.

On a preventative side, when packing the boat away for the rainy season take some 1/8" poly cord and use it to replace all the real lines. This way the good stuff can be stored inside to preserve them.
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Soak in bleach, detergent mixture, rinse, then soak in fabric softener, rinse again.
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