October 2012 Issue
Round 2: Chafe Gear for Mooring and Dock Lines
Reigning champ Chafe-Pro faces off with DIY and off-the-shelf rope protection.
With hurricane season in full swing and volatile fall weather approaching, storms can threaten the safety of sailboats by placing extra loads on dock and mooring lines. In the July 2011 issue, Practical Sailor evaluated rope chafe protection and found Fjords Chafe-Pro chafe guard trumped products from Taylor Made, Fiorentino, and Davis Instruments. This followup reportthe result of aggressive bench testing and long-term field testingcompares the top pick Chafe-Pro to new mooring and dock line protection from Fjord and Robship, as well as do-it-yourself options like fire hose, leather, and a homemade Kevlar/Acrylic sandwich.
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