The Dope On Rope
In the past, rope was woven out of natural fibers like cotton, hemp, and even hair. Today, synthetics dominate. A good cargo rope should have minimal stretch yet be flexible to handle. Braided polyester is the best cargo rope. It doesn't stretch much, is rot-resistant and holds knots well. The breaking point of a 1/2-inch-thick polyester rope is 5,700 lbs. A 25-foot length costs about $10. To keep synthetic rope from fraying when you cut it, hold a candle or lighter to the ends long enough to melt the yarns. Secure the ends of a natural-fiber rope with waxed whipping thread or tape.
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