Which Rope is Right for Me?
Difference between braided and twisted rope.
For different applications you require different types of ropes. Here we will discuss the difference between a braided and twisted rope.
A twisted rope
-Typically a lower cost option than a braided rope.
-Is primarily used as a dock line for smaller boats.
-Also often used as an anchor line for windlasses but is not ideally suited for this application.
-It is less flexible than a braided line and has a tendency to kink which means it can get twisted up during anchor lowering and retrieval.
-It is easy to splice
-It has more stretch than a braided hose.
A braided rope
-Typically a higher cost option than a twisted rope.
-It may be used as mooring line for larger boats due to its more luxury appearance.
-It should be used for anchor ropes as it is more flexible than twisted rope and is thus less prone to twisting during anchor lowering and retrieval.
-Generally stronger than twisted rope.
-Less easy to splice.
-Less stretch than twisted rope.
Although each has its advantages and disadvantages a braided rope is much suited for use on an anchor windlass than a twisted rope.