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Old 20-01-2014, 02:28   #1
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UV line coatings; something to improve grip?

I've begun looking into coatings, like Maxijacket, that are intended to protect vulnerable areas (splices) from UV and chafe, and in some cases, improve rope grip in jammers and on winches. As often happens, other questions come up.

Some of the products are rubbery and offer considerable improvement in hand grip. At first I didn't like what I felt; I'm used to the smooth feel of a splice under my fingers. But then I realized that increased grip has certain advantages in places like the spinnaker halyard and safety tethers; things you don't want getting away from you when the boat jerks.

Does anyone do anything to improve the grip of rope ends? What? Is there anyway a high-friction coating on a halyard end or tether end could be a negative? I can see it would be a negative if it rubbed on a sail (lazy jack) or another line (tackle). In general, I would expect more slippery coatings to wear longer.
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Old 23-01-2014, 02:57   #2
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Re: UV line coatings; something to improve grip?

Hi Tom,
I have used a similar product, Ropecoat, and I think one problem with using it A LOT might be jamming up the clutches as it comes off the rope. I have only ever used it sparingly.
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