Mailport July 2011 Issue

Mailport: July 2011

Rope Cleaning

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 (, 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.

Dave Smith
Milwaukee Rigging

The full report on rope cleaning—including the settings used for the test—appears on pages 14-19 of this issue.

Next: Running Rigging Care

Comments (1)

Hey. This letter is two jammed together with some text missing.

Regarding the epoxy testing, please also consider testing products from Progressive Epoxies ( The proprietor, Paul Orman, has a rather cacophonic website, but he seems to have a very good product line at practical prices. I'm doing a huge hull blister re-lamination using their "Premium No Blush" cycloaliphatic epoxy, and I'd love to know how that stacks up to West. I've never had trouble with West, but I want the best epoxy on my bottom & blush is just more work. Are non-blushing epoxies really a free lunch? I considered Raka, East, System 3, and MAS before settling. Initial results are good, but I cannot test like PS can! Thansk!

Posted by: PAUL S | September 1, 2011 1:12 PM    Report this comment

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