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Synthetic Winch Rope
Sep 28th, 2018 at 3:56am
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Hi, I have a 5.3m boat (Fi-glass Firestar). Wire winch rope needs replacing, I am planning on using synthetic. It currently has 6 metres of rope on it, it appears that some of the rope never gets used. The synthetic rope I was planning on using (from Burnsco) comes in 5 or 7 metre lengths. Question is, for a boat that size should I put a 5 or 7 meter rope on? Will I get any benefit from the longer rope? or will I get away with 5 metres? I guess i could cut the 7 metre rope back to 6. Thoughts from those with experience appreciated. Cheers
  
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Re: Synthetic Winch Rope
Reply #1 - Sep 28th, 2018 at 4:34am
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I would go with the 7m. It will fill the winch drum a bit more and gear it a bit higher [that can be good and bad] but that extra metre of rope could come in handy.

Synthetic is way nicer than wire.
  
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Reply #2 - Sep 28th, 2018 at 7:03am
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Salmoner wrote on Sep 28th, 2018 at 4:34am:
I would go with the 7m. It will fill the winch drum a bit more and gear it a bit higher [that can be good and bad] but that extra metre of rope could come in handy.

Synthetic is way nicer than wire.


Yes and very yes. I would have to replace a wire winchrope every 3-4 years and I have had my present synthetic for more than 7.

And no worries about grabbing a deteriorating wire and getting bloodstains all over my steeringwheel!
  
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Reply #3 - Sep 28th, 2018 at 10:11pm
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Synthetic all the way , no more sharp barbs and shit. Stong as. Go 7m nothing worse than having the rope too short and when it windy or rough hard to get the boat in a mint spot to hook it on.
  
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Re: Synthetic Winch Rope
Reply #4 - Nov 21st, 2018 at 12:08am
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Cheers, I went 7m synthetic rope, way nicer for handling. Thing is, the 7 m of rope makes slightly too bigger spool on the winch and it rubs on the top of the winch frame slightly causing fraying. I need to shorten it up a wee bit. What is a suitable knot for attaching synthetic rope to the hook? Cheers
  
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Re: Synthetic Winch Rope
Reply #5 - Nov 22nd, 2018 at 7:51pm
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You normally don't use knots with synthetic, you slide it back inside itself using something like an enormous needle. I'm sure google will help you
  
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Re: Synthetic Winch Rope
Reply #6 - Dec 14th, 2018 at 7:24am
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Absolutely synthetic all the way. End for End it every year  or so and it will last a life time. And you can slide it inside itself or just use a bowline knot.
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Reply #7 - Dec 14th, 2018 at 8:20am
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I have used a bowline and also a round turn and two half hitches. Both worked fine.
  
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Re: Synthetic Winch Rope
Reply #8 - Dec 14th, 2018 at 8:27am
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Might be better off shortening at the other end ?
As in pull it all off cut a meter off and respool, that way the hook to rope splice is kept.
  
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