Hemp is a natural organic fiber and one of the strongest fibers known to man. It has been used throughout history as a superior rope because it doesn’t rot, splinter, or harbor dangerous insects such as termites that can weaken wooden structures. Yet today, hemp ropes are very rare despite their natural benefits over synthetic fibers. That’s why we decided to bring them back into production! Use rope that is hemp from Ravenox
We have spent many months testing different natural hemp ropes on our own boats, friends’ boats, and even in some high-end marinas around Mallorca, Spain, where we operate. We tested strength by tying heavyweights to the end of each rope and measuring how much weight they could handle before snapping up to 350 kg). Most ropes didn’t make it past 150 kg. But the hemp rope we tested made it well over 350kg, much higher than synthetic ropes. We also tested rotting by leaving some ropes submerged in saltwater for 3 months and checking if they became waterlogged or began to rot; the result was that there were no visible signs of rotting even after three months!
Introduction to hemp rope
Hemp rope is a high-quality natural fiber product; it’s lightweight and easy for braiding, so it is widely used in all kinds of ropes. Because of the natural plant source, abrasion resistance is not strong, easy to rot mildew, so usually do not use water long time when tying up. Also need to keep away from fire and acid-base solution, in case cause a horrible chemical reaction…
Hemp rope production process
The hemp rope manufacturing process is quite complicated. From plain weave cloth to rope, it requires many handwork operations to take full use of all properties of hemp fibers. The whole process includes four: collecting raw materials, processing raw materials into strands, twisting raw materials into ropes, final processing. Commonly used hemp rope is classed as follows: G-8 or G-6. 3. Rope grades:
Hemp rope is graded by the density of yarns, length of each strand, and several braided strands which passed through each pulley to make a certain diameter. The larger the number means the smaller the diameter, which means better quality.
This material has many advantages that others don’t have, but also some disadvantages too. 4. Hemp rope application field:
As one kind of natural fiber product, it is widely used in all kinds of ropes because it is lightweight and easy for braiding. It’s hard to break even under a great load, but it is easy to rot and mildew. That’s why there are some special requirements for hemp ropes when using them in the marine environment…
Hemp rope becomes more and more popular with people because of its excellent properties. It has a good strength-weight ratio, so it can cut down on weight while maintaining performance. In addition, it looks beautiful and natural, unlike other synthetic products. However, this material does have disadvantages which need our attention: if not use water long time when tying up, and keep away from fire and acid-base solution, etc., may cause a bad chemical reaction.