Originally Posted by Panope
SnowP, I did a google
search for "UV resistant tape" and got lots of hits for tapes that make that claim, however I could not find 'service life' data on any of them. I wonder which tape material would be the most UV resistant?
I dont know, but your average cheap electrical
tape copes reasonably well for a year or two (or even much more) before it gets brittle. For me I would just use cheap
tape and replace it, or tape over it when it starts to look nasty.
If you tape from the bottom up and overlap it it is pretty watertight. I'd use white to keep the heat down, heat being the enemy of dyneema
due to it causing much more creep.
Serving is good, but it adds bulk and weight, both something I am keen to avoid.
For the lower sections which suffer chafe from sheets
I'd use plastic pipe covered in white tape.
Serving the whole lot is a fair bit of work and uses a ton of line. But it sure would look good and protect it well. It is quite prone to chafing through and then unraveling, but a good coating of paint
would help prevent it unraveling too quickly. It can be repaired but it is moderatly tricky to seamlessly join the old serving into the new repair, especially on small synthetic rope
. We used to black it down with a stockholm tar, roofing tar, black paint
, and dryer mix. A few times it didn't dry well and then rubbed off on the sails