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Synthetic Winch Rope
Sep 27th, 2018 at 3:56pm
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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 27th, 2018 at 4:34pm
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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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Re: Synthetic Winch Rope
Reply #2 - Sep 27th, 2018 at 7:03pm
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Salmoner wrote on Sep 27th, 2018 at 4:34pm:
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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Re: Synthetic Winch Rope
Reply #3 - Sep 28th, 2018 at 10:11am
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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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