We are trying the recycling of climbing ropes from indoor climbing walls. They tend to be 'short', because artificial walls are not very high, so think 12m-14m, but there are higher walls, so longer ropes. Climbing ropes are 11mm, a double braid, and have around 30%-35% elasticity (they are specifically made to be 'elastic'). Splicing braid is too complicated for me and I simply use a 'scaffold' (I think that's the term) knot
onto a bow shackle and then a chain hook. If any of you splicers are passing through Sydney
, I'd welcome a lesson (one double braid splice took me about 4 hours!). Being a cat we have a bridle
and run the ropes through turning blocks on each bow, then down the side decks to the transom mooring cleats
. It all works quite well, but have not tried the climbing rope
over 30 knot
gusts. We use hose pipe on chafe areas. We find one side then the other takes all the load - because we still swing. So no good thinking you can halve the size because you have 2 ropes - does not work
quite like that.
The big advantage, we picked up 6 lengths for free.
Climbing ropes are retired on basis of time, wear on the outer casing of if they have taken a big fall. (Some) climbing walls simply throw them out (ring and ask!). I'm guessing they would make good springs as mooring
We have tried rubber mooring compensators - they only work
in low wind
ranges, once the wind
gets up (when you need a bit of elasticity) they are at full stretch (so a waste of time, money
and they are heavy for what they do). I'd guess that rubber mooring compensators become redundant at the same time as you lift
all the chain off the seabed, and that takes surprisingly little wind (30m of 8mm chain at 5:1 lifts under a load of about 80kg, in air - so less in water
, say 70kg approx). Nylon works almost upto its break point and if you are getting near that its pretty breezy (and I doubt many will experience that level of wind). But any cordage degrades, so carry spares - we had a half inch bridle
, hawser laid nylon snap after a couple of years use.
In many anchorages
you cannot use mixed chain and nylon rodes, the nylon can wear out overnight (bits of coral
rubble are very aggressive), safer to use all chain and a snubber or bridle.