Dock Rope

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Often called dock line, dock rope is essential to the proper outfit of any boat. In addition to tying the boat to the dock, dock rope is also good for knot tying, splicing, tying to an anchor to prevent drift and tying protective fenders to a boat when moored. Read Moreā€¦

Dock Rope Dock rope is rope primarily used to secure a marine vehicle, such as a sailboat, to a dock.

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Sellersville, PA  |  888-218-6366

Since our beginning in 1967, we have had experience designing, manufacturing and distributing the highest quality braided ropes and cords. Braided ropes and cordage are produced in all common fibers. With fibers such as cotton, nylon and polypropylene and hi-tech fibers such as Kevlar®, CSR, a rope manufacturer, is sure to get you the rope you need, in various constructions and finishes.

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CSR Incorporated $$$

Pawtucket, RI  |  800-783-8599

Welcome to Neocorp, your number one supplier for high temperature textiles, gaskets and braid over wire jacketing. Our products can handle high temperatures and can stand through demanding industrial environments. We can do custom designs, be it for Kevlar tapes or E Glass rope. We set the standard for excellence.

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Neocorp Mfg $$$

South Otselic, NY  |  315-653-7211

Founded in 1816, Gladding Braided Products is one of the largest US manufacturers of braided textile & wire products. As the largest manufacturer of #550 paracord, Gladding also manufactures braided textiles used in Marine & Military applications, fine braids & twine, Accessory cord, Duravet & wire rope replacement products. Gladding Braided Products is proud to be Made in the USA. Visit our website to see a full list of our products & pictures of over 120 colors of our popular #550 paracord.

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Gladding Braided Products, LLC $$$

Fountain Hills, AZ  |  480-306-6001

Manufacturing braids, ropes and yarn since 1978. Braided ropes include double, hollow, solid and tech. All Line's polypropylene rope is available as 3-strand twisted; the nylon rope is 4-stage, 3-strand twisted; and our cotton rope is 3-strand twisted. Shock cord and manila rope are available.

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All Line, Inc. $$$

Saco, ME  |  207-282-3396

Applications to specific products come from this rope manufacturer. At Yale Cordage we design and make custom ropes too. Yale has met the demands of those in the arboriculture, industrial, marine, telephone, utility markets. Our ropes are some of the best in the industry. To learn more about our products visit our website or give call us today! We are ready to fit you with the right rope!

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Yale Cordage $$$
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When choosing dock rope, there are many variables to consider, such as braiding, width, length and chafe protection. A well-outfitted boat will have at least six dock ropes. Their length will depend upon how and where an owner docks his or her vessel. Dock rope is either made of natural or synthetic fibers. These fibers are twisted, plaited or braided into yarns and grouped together to form strands, which are then twisted, plaited or braided together to form rope.

Natural dock rope is made of the organic product of plant fiber. The most common materials used for this purpose are manila, sisal, hemp and cotton. Manila, the strongest, most expensive and most widely used of these materials, is made from the fibers of the abaca plant. Natural dock rope is strong, though not as strong as synthetic rope, resistant to UV ray damage and abrasive surfaces. However, it does not hold up well against the threat of rot, mildew and deterioration, and it has comparably poor chemical resistance. For these reasons, synthetic rope is more commonly used for dock rope.

Synthetic dock rope is constructed using man-made materials. The main types of rope used aboard boats are nylon, dacron, polyethylene and polypropylene. Out of these four, nylon is the most widely used, valued for its superior strength, elasticity, resistance to weather and relative affordability. Polypropylene is well-known, recognized as the bright yellow cord commonly used to tow skiers, tubers and boarders. It is not as popular for docking, however, as it is has a short lifespan and degrades easily in the sun. The general advantages of synthetic rope are: strength, moisture related deterioration resistance, UV ray and weathering damage resistance and elasticity. Its disadvantages include susceptibility to chafing and a slickness that make it difficult to knot.

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