Skip to content
Prices shown are MSRP. Dealers may sell for less. Marine & Industrial Dealers should contact sales@rigbytechnologies for a Trade Pricing login.
Prices shown are MSRP. Dealers may sell for less. Marine & Industrial Dealers should contact sales@rigbytechnologies for a Trade Pricing login.

Rope Handling Tips

 

Uncoiling Rope

Braided Rope is typically supplied on a reel or spool.  To unreel it, place a rod through the reel or use a payoff stand, then pull the rope directly off as the reel spins.  The rope was put onto this spool with the reel rotating.  NEVER stand the reel on its end and 'fly' the rope off the top, over the flange.  Doing so will introduce turns and potentially kinks in to the rope, which compromises handling and strength.  Similarly, when in use, do not fly rope off a winch or drum.  Rigby manufactures its rope to be free of inherent torque; proper handling will keep it that way.

 

Hanking Rope

Never hank rope by coiling it around your arm.  This introduces twist and torque into your rope. Instead:

  1. Hold the bitter end in one hand (Hand "A") for gathering. 
  2. Extend your arms apart, pulling the rope through your other hand ("B") as you go.  Clench B when your hands are wide.
  3. Bring your hands together and pass the working part in B to the gathering hand A.  Allow slack rope to hang freely. Do not force perfect circles or perfect eights.
  4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you have just a few feet of rope free past hand B.
  5. Using hand B, wrap the free end around the hank, cinching the bundle
  6. With hand B, feed a working part of the rope (not the bitter end) through the eye of the hank (which is being held by Hand A).
  7. Flip the loop over the top of the hank
  8. With Hand B, pull the working end of the rope tight.  This will seize and secure it.

Cleaning Rope

Cleaning rope periodically can extend its useful life.  Grit that gets into rope fibers causes abrasion and reduces life and strength.  To clean your rope, use lukewarm water, a mild detergent, and agitate the rope manually in the basin.  It is permissible to machine wash your rope: Place it into a cloth bag or mesh bag, and wash with lukewarm or cold water, using a mild detergent.  Do not machine dry!