Yes I've heard of Bucaneer but thats about it. Had a quick look at their site and I'm thinking they do manufacturer and have some interesting bits actually. I like the look of the textured polyester 8 braid, not sure what for but I'd like to have a play on some winches. I'd tend to think that being a US company the goodies will be good but bloody expensive to anyone outside the US like Yale, Samson
and the rest. A lot of the ropes you pay $xx a foot for we sell for the same but for a metre. You should see some of the stunned looks we get from some US cruisers when they realise we're talking metres and they think they are paying per foot.
Just spent 2 days loading a container full of all the bits for a 60ft Cat. Going to France
to be fitted to the hulls. They brought everything here and shipped it. Made quite a saving they say. Weirdly they even brought german compressors, italian chain, french fabrics, french made anchor
, a pile of US rope
and many other bits like that here and still saved money
. That is bizzarre and I suppose what happens when you have a truely free market as we do here. All you lot with your subsidies for everyman and his dog does not seem to much for the average punter off the street. I digress...
The Yale is nice but far from what the advertise as new and exiting. 8 braids have been made and in use for many many years. I did giggle when they send out the "look what new idea we have come up with" news. As opposed to the usual way, it looks as if the Japanese have been making this for a long time and the US has just caught on to it.
Things like that Mil Spec number are quite commonly used but like microsoft error messages, nobody actually knows what they mean. Our like most military have shocking reliablity in most areas so I'm not sure if that is a good thing or not
Quite often it just means they got something that worked well and them beefed it up to the point it'll never bust or work properly ever again. I'd not take the Mil Spec thing to seriously to be honest.
I'd have a go with the Bucaneer rope. Looks fine, use Du Pont fibres and they say the right things. If you can save a few bucks by buying
a well made but not 'big name brand' rope I'm all for it. That's 5 dozen coldies (60) per 100mt (328ft) saving in our language and not to be sneezed at.
The hassle with some of the 8 braid (braits, octiplaits and so on) is that many look good but just don't work real flash on some anchor
winches. We have trialed 15 or so over the years and only a couple work really well on all winches. If your not using an Auto rope to chain winch
this is not an issue, just it maybe if you are. One of those ones you don't know until you've done it. We have yet to do that one.
Have a go charlie, I would.