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Dynamic Rope Vs Static Rope

There are a various types of rope, but one important differentiation is whether the rope is dynamic or static. This distinction is important when considering which rope to use in different applications. . So, what is the difference? A dynamic rope is one that is specially constructed to have some...

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Sister Clips, Brummell Hooks, Inglefield Clips

What are sister clips? The generic sister clip is used for joining to an identical sibling clip. They are interlocking clips that are twisted to lock in place or seal. Sister clips are sometimes known as Inglefield clips, and potentially even a brummel hook.  Each clip looks like a link of a chain,...

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Swivel Shackles, Barrel Swivels, Barrel Shackles

What are swivels? Also known as chain swivels or anchor swivels, because these mechanisms connect your anchor to your chain to help you stop the lines from knotting or twisting. The swivel piece’s purpose is to help reduce the stress on other parts of the systems that they are used in, which is...

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Ronstan North America President - Scot West

  How did I get here? Summer 1993, brutal economy. I am in my early 20s. Life was good, but I hated my job. I won’t say specifically what I was doing, but it is still the job I refer back to on bad days and think, “at least I’m not doing that!” Meanwhile, my father, a marine industry lifer, was...

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Quick Links Stainless Steel Rigging Component

What are quick links? Quick links are a mechanism for extending link chains and connecting one link chain to another. They are often made out of stainless steel but can also be found in other metals such as highly polished zinc. These mechanisms are visible in a plethora of settings and are the...

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Stainless Steel Rigging Closed & Open Thimbles

What are thimbles? When you say ‘thimble’ the most common image that comes to mind for the majority of people will be the thimble used in sewing to protect ones thumb or fingers whilst stitching for a long time. However, here we are talking about quite a different kind, which instead of looking...

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S-Hooks

  What are S-Hooks? S-Hooks are exactly what they say on the tin. They are S shaped hooks which can be used in all manner of places. They have been heavily utilised in households across the centuries for hanging pots, pans, and other home staples. They have also been used in farming in barns and...

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Track/Car, I-Beam & Travelers

  What are tracks and cars? Traveller tracks and cars are used in sailing as sail adjustment mechanisms; they are a vital piece of equipment. Each family of traveller systems (tracks and cars) is engineered to be able to deal with the different loads it is faced with and the different usages and...

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Rope Guides, Horn Cleat, T-Cleat, V-Cleat, Stoppers

What is a rope guide? It is pretty much all in the name. A rope guide is a mechanism that guides the rope, sometimes also known as a cleat. There are a number of different styles of cleats, for different usages with many types and thicknesses of rope. All of them contain a mechanism for controlling...

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Carabiner, Carbine, Karabiner Hooks

  What is a carabiner? A carabiner is a metal loop, usually D-shaped but sometimes oval, which has one spring-hinged side, called the gate, and one straight side called the spine.  It is used to hold a freely running rope and also to quickly and reversibly connect components. There are two main...

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Rope Stoppers and Parrel Beads

What is a parrel bead and a rope stopper? Parrels are loops made of rope or metal, they are loose loops to enable movement and sliding around whatever they are attached to. Parrel beads are solid balls with holes drilled through them which are threaded along the loops. Parrel beads are normally...

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Pad Eyes - Folding, Round, Bolt Through, Screw In

  Pad Eye Round Base 4 x M10 What is a pad eye? A pad eye is a device that a line runs through to provide an attachment point, they are often found on boats, and often welded or bolted to the deck or the hull of the boat. They are made typically of steel and consist of an opening for the line,...

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C, T & V Cleats & Rope Stoppers

What is a cleat? In simple terms a cleat is a device for securing a line, the term was first applied to pieces of metal or wood with projecting arms on which a rope could be wound, thus securing the load on the rope, for example to fix in place the halyard used to hoist a flag or a sail. Modern...

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Sheaves - Acetal, Ball Bearing, Nylatron

What is a sheave? Sheaves It is often referred to as a pulley but, technically, it’s an integral part of a pulley. It is the freely rotating grooved wheel held between the two flanges of a pulley, with the drive element, e.g. rope, chain, cable, etc., fitting into the groove in the wheel....

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Industrial Eye Bolts - Stainless Steel Eye Bolts with Shoulder and Fork

  Eye Bolt What is an eye bolt? An eye bolt is a bolt with a looped head with screw threads at the other end. They are often made in one piece, either bent or forged into shape, but for high loads those with welded loops are used as they can withstand loads up to the tensile strength of the metal...

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