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mnhays

Wakeboarding Ropes

Wakeboard Rope Life  

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  1. 1. How long do you get out of your wakeboard ropes?

    • Not Even A Season!
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    • At Least A Season
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    • Couple Seasons...
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    • We Use The Same Rope Every Year!
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mnhays

It seems like every season we have to go through AT LEAST one rope :blush: (yes this year was two) my friend backed up onto a rope, grr... had to cut her free, but even when I get a cut in the cover or only one strand of spectra fiber, it's usually game over for the rope anyway. due to the obvious safety problems of a broken rope, but is everyone losing ropes to normal wear in under a year?

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Ndawg12

Hard to quantify use on our boarding rope, I would say moderate. Been using an Airhead spectrum line from Straightline for 4 seasons now and is just starting to show signs of wear. Handle is still in great shape.

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CincyVLX

I usually replace my mainline every other year. Handle usually lasts me 3-4 years.

My most recent rope is the proline vapor and it has held up two seasons. I'll probably let it go one more.

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mnhays

yeah I should clarify that my handle does go with the mainlines as they leave (oh too soon)

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Bradley Thornton

I would say a lot comes in to play on this. Size of the crew. how many and weight. Level (line tench in) One thing I have seen on other boats is they don't hock the rope right. they just loop the rope on so the rope rubs. Plus the amount of hours on the boat I was thinking about this the other day I ride 3 to 4 days a week for 3 to 4 hours at a time. 1/2 is surfing. but I am gone for 6 months a year so I do get 1/2 the time put about 150 hours on the boat this year.

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barefootpaul

My mainline looks more or less new, but I seem to go through handles in a season. Maybe I need a better handle...

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CL-Rides

Ive had a Gator mainline for about 4 seasons now. Things a beast! Gonna get a new one next year though.

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Big Jay D

Amsteel Blue 7/64" rope from go2marine.com. $.21 per foot. Just be sure to use a Brummell Spice and no knots. Cheap, light weight, it floats, easy to coil.

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Bradley Thornton

Thought I would add my rope. Love it shortens to 50ft. As soon as I got it had 3 new people going Wake to Wake. I ride at 55ft yes I'm still new. But when I'm learning a new trick I put it at 50ft and can spend my little brain time on the trick and not the jump. Floats but I will say it gets a knot easier than my other ropes. Still worth every penny. http://www.buywake.com/catalog/detail/2119051

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Wakesetter67

I just purchased a new Ronix Rope, Only because my old 14 Year Rope was too short, Yes it's 14 years old and is still in great condition!!! It has made it through 3 boats..LOL Lots, of Wakeboarding, Sky Ski, and an occasional Kneeboard run.

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FlatH20

we've got a couple ropes - our straight line seems to be the favorite and the coating has worn off in a couple spots - our handles seem to be the thing that goes first -

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mnhays

Amsteel Blue 7/64" rope from go2marine.com. $.21 per foot. Just be sure to use a Brummell Spice and no knots. Cheap, light weight, it floats, easy to coil.

hmm that definitely seems like an interesting way to go! I have not heard of anyone doing this

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Big Jay D

The nice thing about the Amsteel Blue is its diameter. It's low drag cutting out into the flats. It very low stretch (no rope is no stretch) and its slightly ridged. That helps a ton because the old flimsy spectra lines would knot if you looked at it. I have an Accurate X Line. I like the line but the coating is not attached to the rope so the rope actually spins inside the coating. This makes it difficult if not impossible to un wind. I also put 20' of low stretch poly E barefoot rope on my line. It gives me maybe 2" or so of travel and just enough to take the snap out of the line making the day after a little less painful on my elbows and shoulders. I'm running 5 feet of handle including a braid for grip while wrapped up, 65' of Amsteel, 20' Poly E, 18" of Bullet.

The bullet is sold by Samson Sports and is a safety release in case the handle gets caught up on me or my foil.

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