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Old 24-04-2018, 12:46   #1
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Rope clutch and Dyneema line

Has any got any real life experience using Dyneema type "synthetic" line through a rope clutch? I am intending on installing 120 VAC electric hoists for my tender, and would like to be able to control the line paying out, if I have a power failure.
The hoists have a brake on them,and the ability to "free spool". If I experienced a power failure, I could lock the rope clutch, and free spool the hoist, then use the clutch to control the paying out in order to launch the tender.
Has anyone tried this? Any comments as to the feasibility?
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Re: Rope clutch and Dyneema line

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Has any got any real life experience using Dyneema type "synthetic" line through a rope clutch? I am intending on installing 120 VAC electric hoists for my tender, and would like to be able to control the line paying out, if I have a power failure.
The hoists have a brake on them,and the ability to "free spool". If I experienced a power failure, I could lock the rope clutch, and free spool the hoist, then use the clutch to control the paying out in order to launch the tender.
Has anyone tried this? Any comments as to the feasibility?
I've always covered the tails, since in my experience naked Dyneema is too skinny and too slippery to hold well. Controlling a line through a clutch is not very good either. Can you get the tail on a winch drum?

And how much help is it to lower the dinghy if you can't recover it? I figure out a way of taking the tails to a winch.
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Re: Rope clutch and Dyneema line

Thinwater,
Thanks for your comments, since I have a trawler, with davits to carry the tender on the cabin top, I do not have any winch drums to take the line to.
If i had, I would not be looking to put an electric hoist on the system. (Look at my avatar pic and you will see the davits.)
I am considering the rope clutch for the possibility of launching the tender if a power failure occured, Like a fire in the generator or such. I would not be concerned with retrieving the tender very soon if that was the case.
I am aware of the slipperiness of Dyneema, but am curious as to how you cover the tails?
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Re: Rope clutch and Dyneema line

the tricky way to get bare dyneema line to work in a clutch is to put an 'internal core' in . . . this is dead easy, just take a piece of any old quite small cord and pull it into/thru the hollow center of the dyneema (using a fid). This is very neat and clean and easy and gives the clutch something to crunch on. While the dyneema is still slippery, and the clutch will probably not hold its full rated load it will still hold quite a bit - we did this on quite highly loaded reef lines. it is the pro racer technique (volvo/vendee).

Thin's suggestion of putting a cover on the dyneema also works, is a bit more work and I think a bit less clean, if well done will hold higher load in the clutch, but the cover can slip - so is also a fine technique if you prefer it.
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Re: Rope clutch and Dyneema line

I think a snubber drum would work for what you're trying to do.
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