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Old 23-05-2015, 02:30   #1
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Rope mearsurements when buying

Hello all,
it may be a bit of an idiotic question but my wife tells me I am a prime candidate for them. I am costing new sheets for our spinnaker and found West Marine had Dyneema Rope on special online. ( 40% off) I placed an order for 200 metres of mixed colours and sizes to replace a lot of our halyards and sheets and was about to order when the wife asked me if the 200 in the "unit" section was in yards, metres or something else. I could find no key as to what each unit meant.
A quick check of another marine site had their units clearly identified as purchasing in "per foot". I have sent off an email to West Marine with no reply to date. Can anyone give me an idea of what units you purchase rope in on the West marine site.


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Re: Rope mearsurements when buying

My experience has been FEET
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My experience has been FEET
Indeed; West Marine’s ropes are Sold by the foot.
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Old 23-05-2015, 06:26   #4
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Re: Rope mearsurements when buying

thank you all for the response. What I thought was a great sale nearly turned into a very expensive blunder. Thanks again. Perhaps when suppliers are dealing in international trade they should make it clear what measurement's they use. I realise in the states that imperial measurement's are used but most every dealer I have dealt with other than the states sell the cable or rope by the yard or metres, never by the foot. Lesson learned, never make assumptions based on my own stupidity


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Try calling the Rope Warehouse in New Bedford, MA. They are suppliers to West and Defender. They have everything usually at good prices. If you are in the area, it's worth a visit. Very accomodating
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Re: Rope mearsurements when buying

Don't know where you are located in Oz, but try calling Emmets Ropes near Brisbane.

They have provided us with lots of cordage at far better prices than the chandleries !

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If it's West Marine pretty much assured it will be premium $$
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Re: Rope mearsurements when buying

Will the same line work on my Hobie 16?
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Will the same line work on my Hobie 16?

Yes, but there is absolutely no reason to put dyneema anywhere on an H16, except maybe the jib halyard if you're really racing.


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200 meters of line on a Hobie 16
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Re: Rope mearsurements when buying

I work for West Marine in Daytona Beach. Rest assured, all line and wire units of length measurement are in feet. Only the diameter will change between inches and mm, but these are clearly stated in the product descriptions.
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Don't know where you are located in Oz, but try calling Emmets Ropes near Brisbane.

They have provided us with lots of cordage at far better prices than the chandleries !

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Re: Rope mearsurements when buying

The U.S. should just use metric units like the entire rest of the planet, to avoid such mishaps.

I know ozis expensive, but I can't imagine that rope shipped from the U.S. is cheaper than somewhere in Australia. That would tell me stuff in oz is waaaay too expensive.
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Try ropesgalore in Australia. Buy donaghys rope and support your local industry/company. Great quality too.

Note: not all their ropes are locally made.

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Re: Rope mearsurements when buying

Hello all, many thanks for all the responses. I had confirmation today from Wests regarding my order and confirmed that all measurements were in feet. While listed in the catalogue the web site did not. I hope that will be rectified.


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