Mailport: July 2011
I’m reading with interest your June 2011 article about rope cleaning and rope hernias. There are two aspects to your testing I am concerned with: one is the machine settings you used, and two is the increased stability of older rope.
At Milwaukee Rigging (www.milwaukeerigging.com), we routinely tell our customers to clean their running rigging the same way they would launder a favorite sweater. This suggests using the gentle cycles on the washer—gentle agitation and slow spin—with a gentle detergent such as Woolite. I personally use this method with all my rope rigging and docklines on my O’Day 25.
In your follow-up article, please be sure to specify the settings of the washing machine in your testing. The “sweater settings” are excellent for rope rigging or docklines. Obviously no dryers, air dry is best for rope.
The full report on rope cleaning—including the settings used for the test—appears on pages 14-19 of this issue.
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