Tip & How-To about Water Sport
Choosing the wrong type of rope for the purpose you are going to be using it for can result in injury and / or broken property. It may seem to you that some ropes are a little thicker than others, or that some feel stronger than some others. It is very important that you know what you are going to be using your rope for and doing a little research before you walk into a hardware store and blindly buy just any rope.
For water skiing the ropes that come with the ski isn't made to handle shock loading, this is when the rope goes completely slack and then get taught very quickly. This can lead to injury should the rope snap. This is why many water skiers and water tubers go out to buy replacement ropes.
There are many different strengths of towing ropes and cables, the recommended strengths for tubing are 3,350 lb. break strength, 4,100 lb. break strength and 6,000 lb. break strength. A regular rope that you might pick up at a hardware store might only have a break strength of 1,350 lb. which is not strong enough. Also when you buy the rope specially made it will have the knots already in the rope so you don't have to tie them yourself. When you do tie the knots yourself it tends to reduce the strength of the rope.
Its always better to be safe than sorry. When it comes to safety in a water sport don't take your chances with the cheaper rope, buy the right stuff!
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