My experience was the reverse. At that same dock mentioned above there is a couple hundred m of fetch so there was generally small wind wave action unless it was dead calm. Sleeping in the bow, I eventually switched from double braid to 3S on the windward side which stopped that awful groan. I've often wondered since if the noise was just salt crystal build up.BTW, stretchy dock lines are also noisy on the cleat. One way to combat this is to make some dyneema loops to go on the cleats and the docklines to the loops. Works very well, I only have issues with noise when it blows really hard.
THX. I've used them in the past. Same ol same ol about the 8 plait stretch. I quote, "Predictable Elongation."
We just replaced double braid with 3-strand on the bow and stern lines at our dock. I shopped out online, including West Marine and Defender. For me, breaking strength took priority. As for price, I looked at it in relation to the dock line's ability to protect the boat from damage or sinking.I know double braid is much nicer to hand but I've found 3 strand's greater stretch is more important than feeling nice momentarily and I don't have that inner need to color coordinate everything. So, replacing dock lines and glanced at West catalog. They have 1/2" economy line priced at $17 for 25'. Premium is $45 for 25'.
I cannot believe that (likely) American line is worth 3 times the price of the doubtless Chinese stuff for this application. I'll shop around but the question remains is there any reason whatsoever to pay for premium? This is a 7K displacement boat so ultimate strength isn't a factor.
This is just a question about pricing. In the end, I'll buy a hunk of spooled rope and make my own lines.
Marketing? After the war marketing campaigns in the US hit on a message for selling stretchy line. It was remarkably successful. I think my grandfather was involved -- at least a few spools of complimentary line came our way.find out why they don’t use nylon dock lines in Europe
I used climbing line for my traveler but it didn't last one summer. I would caution against it. Switched to nylon single braid at recommendation of Stan H. who had the same experience with climbing line on his traveler.Used 10mm climbing rope. Can't splice it but so what.
Find a climbing gym that gets rid of worn ropes and beg or buy them cheap. Super stretchy and the tightly woven cover is pretty chafe resistant.