3 Strand Rope -Polyester White 4mm -Pre-Cut 5M, 10M or 15M

$ 4.95$ 14.95

3 Strand Rope -Polyester

Product Information

3 Strand Rope -Polyester -4mm

Made by Marlow in England.

This classic 3 strand line of Polyester is manufactured using the highest quality materials and specifications to produce a rope with the perfect balance of flexibility and firmness.  

3 Strand has the advantage of being very easy to splice.

Breaking Load: 4mm = 529kg

BENEFITS:

  • Flexible & easily handled
  • Good abrasion resistance
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Good strength
  • Good UV resistance
  • No strength loss when wet
  • Very easily spliced
  • Zero shrinkage

3 strand polyester 4mm rope, also known as 3 strand laid rope or braided polyester rope, is a suitable option for certain applications in dinghy sailing, but with limitations compared to 16 plait braid rope. 

Here's a breakdown:

  • Material:
    • Constructed with three strands of twisted polyester fibers.
    • Offers a good balance of strength and affordability compared to more complex braids.
  • Properties:
    • Moderate strength: While suitable for light loads, it may not be ideal for critical applications requiring maximum strength.
    • Higher stretch: Elongates more under tension compared to 16 plait rope, potentially affecting sail control and line precision.
    • Easier to handle: The simple 3 strand construction makes it easier to knot and splice compared to 16 plait.
  • Applications in dinghy sailing (limited):
    • Control lines: Where stretch is less of an issue, where splicing is desirable in lighter lines, and where good grip is required in cleats due to its more “knobbly” surface.

Important considerations:

  • Strength limitations: For critical applications like halyards or sheets directly controlling sails, 16 plait rope is generally recommended due to its superior strength and lower stretch.
  • Safety: Always prioritize using ropes with adequate strength for the intended purpose, especially in dinghy sailing where weather conditions can change rapidly.

Here's a table summarizing the key points:

Feature3 Strand Polyester 4mm16 Plait Dinghy Braid
Material3 Strands of twisted polyesterBraided polyester outer cover, braided polyester core (often 16 strands)
StrengthModerateHigh
StretchHigherLower
HandlingEasier to knot and spliceMore complex braiding
Applications in dinghy sailingNon-critical lines, light mooringHalyards, sheets, control lines