Custom Built Ropes

If you’ve ever thought that a piece of running rigging was “almost perfect except for ____” you can fix it!

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We can work with rope manufacturers to build the exact right product for your application. The most common request is for special colors.  If you have an aesthetic in mind, or need a unique look to identify a line, we can order pretty much any color or pattern you can imagine.  Often this has been for odd colors (Think pink! Or orange. Or purple…) or custom patterns (we once had someone ask for a very high tech heat set core, but wanted the outside to look like Crystalyne) We can also specify the technical aspects of the rope, like strands, carriers, fiber thicknesses, treatments and materials.roperack

A great example of a custom construction is our 6mm SK99 Heat Set Dyneema double braid. We wanted a very low stretch rope that met the Beneteau 36.7 class rules on backstays, but wanted to be as light and compact as possible. To do this, Alpha Ropes used SK99 core in a special braid, and covered it with an extremely thin Dyneema cover.  This make a rope that was 2 sizes smaller, and much lighter than the other options.  And just because they could, they used the new Black Dyneema to make sure this looks great for years.  backstay99

We can also do special sizes.  The 36.7 is again the inspiration here, as the mainsheet on this boat really needs to be perfect, as there is a lot of purchase and load.  The 10mm we’ve used in the past is a little big and drags when easing. We asked Alpha to make us a very true 9mm for this application, and it works great for boats from a certain Shields all the way up to the 36.7.  To make this a really special sheet, we can add core to make it a double or triple tapered sheet like our 36.7 GP Mainsheet This is where the loaded end of the sheet that sits in the blocks upwind is as thin, light and slick as possible to ensure minimum friction.  From there the line grows to a larger and firmer rope. The bigger rope is nicer to handle, and holds in the cleat better. The rope then narrows again for the tail, which is less loaded and handled, and eases faster in addition to being lighter where it hangs over the side of the boat when running. tripletaper36-7

We can also get technical with the materials in the cover.  Technora blended covers have become pretty common as sailors learn to appreciate their durability and grip.  Most of the Technora blends are 50/50, but we can request other blends. This purple Tech blend from Marlow is closer to 60% and was a special order.  The sky is the limit when it comes to materials, we have ordered up to 3 fibers in the same cover. To fit a specific application we can mix Polyester, Technora, PBO, Vectran and Dyneema to get the right wear, heat and grip characteristics.marlowtech60

If you have an idea for a custom rope, get in touch!  The lead times are usually around 2 months, and we can do cut lengths to suit your exact needs (although spools will be a better value) So if you need a special size, performance or just want your rope to look right next to your canvas, think about custom!

Beneteau 36.7 Backstay Update

IMG_20160407_095336We have a new material for making 36.7 backstays, a heat set Dyneema double braid made with SK99 that meets the one design specs (breaks at 4727kg or 10421lbs) but comes in smaller and lighter than any other available option, at 6.1mm and weighing a mere 12oz with thimbles.

$396

There are several options for finishing the bottom end of this stay

-Eye Splice With Thimble (shown) this is for use with the stock Lewmar backstay block
-Harken Lead Ring: this is a low friction ring, that adds 1.3oz to the weight and $20 to the cost. Lightweight and strong, but does make pulling the backstay harder
-Harken Black Magic Block: A roller bearing block that gets spliced to the end of the backstay, adds 3.23 oz and $195 to the cost
-Karver High Load KBO Block: A plain bearing block that gets spliced to the end of the backstay, adds 3.2oz and $240 to the cost

Beneteau 36.7 Running Rigging 2015 pricing Fall discounts available

We’ve finally got our act together and have 2015 pricing drawn up for the 36.7

If you’re using 3di sails we strongly recommend matching it with an appropriate halyard.  Vectran lines move a bit too much for 3di, so we recommend Heat Set Dyneema (New England HSR) or if you absolutely insist we can PBO 

MAIN HALYARD (Best) HSR 9mm W polyester Cover+Wichard 5/16″ Shackle+bulk 510.66
MAIN HALYARD (Std.) Vectran 10mm w Wichard Shackle+clutch bulk 393.75
GENOA HALYARD (best) HSR 9mm  TYLASKA SHACKLE BULK 603.26
GENOA HALYARD (best) HSR JH No Shackle, 9mm  W/ Bulk 458.26
GENOA HALYARD (std) Vectran core 10mm Tylaska Shackle 490
GENOA HALYARD (std) Vectran core 10mm  No Shackle 345
SPINNAKER HALYARD 10mm Dyn Spin Hal W Tylaska and Ball 556.25
HSR Backstay with Dyneema overbraid 361.96
Genoa Sheets 10mm Endura Braid with Equiplite EACH 310.8
Genoa Sheets 10mm Poly Tech with Equiplite EACH 450.2
Spin Sheets 8mm SSC 192.88
Spin Sheets 8mm Euro 203.8
Afterguy Euro W Custom Donut and T8 400.1
Topping Lift Tapered SSC Empty eye for shackle 255.6
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Backstay Control line 6mm SSC 111.5
Traveler Control Euro Cover Whip 100.16
Spin Pole Butt Lift 6mm Euro 73.84

Discounts in place:  through 11/19/14 take 10% off for fall savings

If you’ve purchased a 3Di sail from North Midwest, take an additional 5% off matching heat set Dyneema halyards!

Harken T18 soft attach blocks for bungee

The Harken T18 block is a great small utility block that can be used all over the boat, for control line leads, deflectors and retractors, like this bungee cord jib lead retractor on a Beneteau 36.7

A few details here worth noting.  Instead of traditional bungee cord, we’re using solid rubber cord, which lasts a lot longer in the sun, and has a stronger return force. Using 2:1 gives us plenty of throw so the system can work for the full (nearly 12′) length of the genoa track.  The 1/4″ cord is .75c per foot.

2mm bare loops secure the cord to the car, and we used a 2mm soft shackle to hold the T18 block in place.  Regarding the T18, the max stated line size is 5mm, but I find you can cheat a bit and use 6mm line and bungee with a bit of friction.