How do you decide when to change your rope?

HortonHorton Posts: 31,830 Administrator
edited April 2021 in News & Other Stuff
I posted the below images in another thread. When I see ropes looks like this I change them. This is NOT scientific. How do you decide when to change a rope?

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  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 3,689 Mega Baller
    Shoot! we would throw that rope in a 40 ride tournament....if the rope company's want to help the sport, they could build ropes that allow for replacement of sections that show excessive wear..
    Wait! Just suggesting for a friend!!
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  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,160
    edited November 2019
    It looks like those were used primarily on non-swivel pylons (i.e. Nautiques). I get about 300 sets on my rope and change it out every year. My loops never look like that. I ski about 75% of my sets on boats with swivel pylons...and on the Nautiques I ski behind, they all have a modified, sacrificial nylon strap fit around the pylon. So the rope loop sits against the nylon strap and the strap is what wears versus the loop of the rope.
    Bob Grizzi
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,801 Mega Baller
    Yearly. My life depends on it.
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • bishop8950bishop8950 Posts: 1,248 Open or Level 9 Skier
    Similar to @Horton , when they look like that it’s time. Also, at that “age” is about when the rope starts to feel dry and tight. Lastly, it’s once per year minimum, but I ski a lot.
  • marknmarkn Posts: 489 Crazy Baller
    Just FYI, you can buy individual sections from MasterLine rather than replace an entire rope due to premature wear on a section or two. Must confess, I have done it numerous times to get a few more sets from an older rope.
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 1,298 Mega Baller
    edited November 2019
    Seems to me that if one loop starts showing that kind of wear, even tho the unused loops look good, the rope is probably more stretched out than is worth continuing to ski on with one or 2 new sections.
  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 1,099 Crazy Baller
    All the money we spend on skis bindings and Boats a new rope once a year seams cheap since I only ski 5-6 months a year. I only need one if I skied year around 2-3 or a year.

  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,066 Mega Baller
    Usually every spring unless they start to look like that.
    Mark Shaffer
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,839 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Trying to be a bit more scientific about this, AWSA rule 8.04A has the towline technical specifications. In there is says the towline "Elongation at 115 kg (250 lbs.) tensile load = 2.6% (+/-0.4%)." So wouldn't the rope be effectively "worn out" when it no longer was able to stretch to the minimum amount per the specs?

    So ideally a rope at 22 off would stretch approximately 1'-4-3/8" when stretched with a 250lb load. At a minimum it should stretch 1'-1-3/4". If you can't stretch it 1'-1-3/4" it's effectively to stretched out to be within specs. (At 35 off the min is approximately 10-3/8"),

    Of course if the loops show wear and tear the rope may be worth replacing earlier.

    I've never measured a rope for elongation when it was felt the rope was too old to use. But it would be interesting to see how the elongation dynamics change as the rope wears.
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Chairman of the Board

  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 577 Crazy Baller
    @skibug Can you show a photo of the “sacrificial nylon strap fit around the pylon”? Where do you get them from?
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,764 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Keep out of the sun as much as possible. I also notice a big change in how a rope feels when the air and water are warm.
    Shut up and ski
  • jayskijayski Posts: 1,144 Mega Baller
    @The_MS you mean the days when there is no ice hanging off the rope?
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,764 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    You are correct
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  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,160
    @KRoundy I will have to get a picture. They are home made by a ski partner of mine. They are just a piece of nylon strap webbing material that is sewn together in a loop and slid over the top of the pylon onto where the rope sits; then the rope fits over the nylon strap. The strap wears, not the rope.
    Bob Grizzi
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 577 Crazy Baller
    @skibug Does he want to make an extra and sell it to me? 😊
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