Mailport: September 2011
Chafe Gear For Moorings
For the mooring for my 40-foot schooner in Nova Scotia, I use 1¼-inch three-strand nylon (scope of 2) from the ¾-inch chain that mostly stays on the bottom to the buoy. I use the same line for two painters to the vessel. I cover the underwater portions of the nylon with 1½-inch pool discharge hose (blue flat stuff) to keep marine life from growing in the line. “Ocean Navigator” has an article in the July-August issue on latex-, neoprene-, and urethane-infused/covered line, which to me is the best solution for all parts of moorings exposed to water.
I have used the same pool discharge hose as anti-chafe, but it does not stand up to movement. I recently split 1½-inch red rubber hose and attached it with duct tape where the painters encounter whisker and bobstays. So far, so good. When splitting the hose, a 10-inch scalloped bread knife is the best tool for the job.
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