New Fishing Boat Owners: Your Fiber Options for Heavy Industrial Marine Ropes

Posted on: 2 April 2015

If you are a new fishing boat owner who is confused about all of the different fiber types used to make heavy industrial marine ropes, read on! To help you decide which rope is best for your new fishing boat, here is some information about each of the most common types of heavy industrial marine rope fibers and a brief explanation of when they are best utilized:

Nylon Fiber Marine Rope

Nylon ropes are the strongest fiber ropes that you can purchase. Nylon ropes are excellent for marine applications because nylon is naturally resistant to rot, mold, and mildew. Nylon marine ropes are also prized because they will not wear as they rub against docks and rope hardware.

Some of the other advantages of nylon ropes is their:

  • ability to be easily fixed with splicing
  • flexibility when wet and dry
  • ability to stretch

These characteristics make nylon marine ropes an appropriate selection for anchoring and mooring your fishing vessel.

Polyester Fiber Marine Rope

Polyester fiber ropes are second in strength to those made of nylon. The main difference between nylon and polyester ropes is that polyester ropes do not have the ability to stretch as much as nylon ropes. This lack of stretch makes them an appropriate choice as a general purpose deck rope for your fishing boat.

Polypropylene Fiber Marine Rope

Polypropylene fiber marine ropes are very different than those made of nylon or polyester; polypropylene fibers are lighter than water so this type of rope floats on the surface. The ability to float makes polypropylene ropes a good selection for applications where you need to see the rope in the water or where you will be towing a boat in the water behind your ship. 

Polypropylene fiber ropes are also used in applications such as water skiing and other water related activities where it is an advantage for the rope to float on the surface of the water.


Now that you have a better understanding of the heavy industrial marine rope fiber options available for you to purchase for your new fishing boat, you can be assured that you will make the right purchasing decision to meet your unique needs. If you have any additional questions about marine ropes, then you should speak with a sales associate at your local marine supply store (such as Redden Net & Rope commercial fishing supplies). They will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.