Sale of Mooring Ropes and accessories

Looking for mooring lines and accessories for them? In this section of the topRik marketplace you will find everything you need. We have selected for you not only mooring lines of all types, colors and parameters, but also accessories for them: connecting elements, needles, mooring loops and belts, protective shells and much more.

topRik marketplace experts will always help you choose mooring lines and accessories tailored exactly to your requirements and the parameters of your yacht. All consultations are free - use the quick feedback form right now, call the specified phone number or send a message to [email protected].

Steel ropes and cables are used on large ships, where they do not have to be selected manually; they are not suitable for mooring lines of small fleets. Mooring lines for yachts are also not currently made from natural plant fibers, since they are not elastic enough for this.

Natural plant fibers have given way to synthetic ones in production of modern mooring lines for yachts and boats. Experts from the topRik marketplace will tell you about them in more detail. Our sailors have experienced all types of lines in many years of practice and we only recommend what we have personally experienced and tested at sea.

Types of Mooring Lines

Mooring ropes are classified according to many parameters: manufacturing method, material they are made of, diameter and length dimensions, etc.

For small fleet skippers, the manufacturing method is important. The two main ones are twisting and weaving.

Twisted and Braided Mooring Lines

Twisted ropes are created by twisting individual fibers into strands and then twisting the strands in the opposite direction, using 3, 4 or even 12 strands. How tightly the individual strands are twisted gives the line its individual characteristics. Tightly twisted strands make the line stiff and unyielding, while loosely twisted strands make it flexible and soft.

Lines can also be braided. Both stranded and braided ones can be completed with another braided "sheath" to protect the inner core of the line.

Multifilament, Monofilament, Multifilm Lines

Multifilament lines are woven from fibers consisting of thin threads, the diameter of which does not exceed 0.1 mm. Such lines are soft and flexible. Monofilament - made from elongated continuous threads with a diameter of more than 0.1 mm - are more rigid with a hard and shiny surface. Multi-film cables are woven from thin film threads-strips.

But still the main classification of mooring lines is according to the material they are made of.

Types of Mooring Lines by Material

Main synthetic materials used for lines are: polypropylene, nylon, polyester, polyethene. Many of these materials are called differently in different countries.

Polyamide or PA is also called: nylon, amideplast, perlon, encalon, brinylon, anthrone, selon, rilsan.

Nowadays, thick nylon ropes are used everywhere for towing, both in ports and on the high seas, and also as mooring lines. Whaling ships use nylon harpoon lines, which are superior in quality to gear made from other materials previously used. Nylon gear is widely used in water sports and fishing. Commercial fishermen use nylon fishing gear, nylon salmon nets, and nylon nets. For these purposes , nylon is the optimal material, as it is flexible, durable and almost invisible in water.

Nylon fishing tackle is also produced - it stretches up to 30% of their length and returns to its original size after the load is removed. Elasticity is important for whaling and towing, but it also increases the risk. If a tightly stretched nylon rope breaks, it contracts like a giant rubber band and rushes towards the attachment point with enormous force, which can lead to an accident.

To make cables, synthetic raw materials are drawn into thin, smooth threads, the length of which is often equal to the length of the entire cable. The trade name of the material obtained in this way is monofilament nylon silk. Thin tackle, braided lines are made from large number of threads and the surface of this spun nylon is slightly fleecy, reminiscent of the surface of cotton gear. This material retains all the properties of nylon, except strength.

Three-strand or other woven nylon is easier to work with than monofilament. It is easier to tie knots and braids on such cables than with gear made from conventional materials. Nylon silk ropes are very slippery, so knots, braids and other connections must be made with extreme care.

The strength of nylon cables is approximately three times greater than that of premium manila cables and approximately 10 times that of coconut cables, despite the fact that they weigh less. Nylon ropes do not absorb water. Nylon does not rot and dirt is easily washed off; there is no need to wipe it before packing. The melting point of nylon-66 is 265°C, nylon-6 is 215°C, but damage can occur at lower temperatures. Therefore, nylon ropes should not be stored on warm surfaces or on decks lined with iron sheets without first covering the coils with a cover. At low temperatures, nylon cables become stiffer, but at normal temperatures they are invariably flexible and soft. In addition to towing, mooring lines and harpoon lines, cargo slings and nets, as well as multi-strand anchor ropes, are made from nylon.

Polyester, PETP, also called: terylene, diolene/trevar, grisuten, tetoron, dacron, tergal, tesil.

Polyester gear is currently the most common in sailing. Like nylon, polyester is produced both in the form of short-wave wool-like yarn with a soft surface, and thin continuous polyester silk. Polyester is inferior to nylon in elasticity, but wears out relatively little.

Polyester ropes are produced for running rigging, sheets, rescue lines, etc. A special line made of straight polyester silk coated with a polyethylene-like material is used primarily as a rescue line. For a line with a diameter of 7 mm, the breaking force is about 5 kN.

Mooring lines for yachts and skiffs are made from the most durable nylon or polyester.

Polyethene, HDPE, also called: ethenplast, HD, polythene, polyethylene.

The fiber is produced only as monofilament. It produces durable gear with a smooth surface. The breaking force of these cables is 1.5 times greater than that of Manila cables, and for wet cables it is 1.7 times. Polyethene does not sink in water, so it is convenient to use when mooring: multi-strand for lifting heavy loads, and three-strand or eight-strand woven for lighter loads.

Polypropene, PP, propenplast, polypropylene, meraclon.

Rough polypropene mooring lines are widely used on vessels. Multi-strand continuous fiber rope is nearly twice as strong as comparable manila rope. Three-strand or braided cables are low cost and are widely used. Polypropene film cables with flat fibers made of thin film are also widely used. The breaking force of such materials is higher.

Film polypropene does not sink, which greatly facilitates work during mooring and towing. A wet cable retains its strength and flexibility.

However, film polypropene wears out quickly, so it is recommended to first inspect the cleats, bollards, winches and remove sharp ribs and protrusions on them, and protect the rubbing sections of the cable in some way. Leather, canvas or plastic hoses are best for temporary covering.

Synthetic fibers have made it possible to use completely new color codes on cables.

How to Choose a Mooring Line

Choosing a mooring line is an important part of the rigging stage of any vessel. After all, the reliability of fastening the vessel to the pier or mooring lines depends on the correctness of this choice.


First you need to decide on the diameter. Here you need to focus on the ratio of the length and weight of the vessel, as well as the type of mooring device with which you plan to use the cord.

Vessel length, m 6-8 9 10 11 12 14 16 18 24
Vessel weight, tons 2 4 5 7 8 11 12 20 22
Mooring lines (dock), Ø mm 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24
Mooring lines (buoy-berth), Ø mm 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28


Next, you need to determine the optimal length of the mooring line. This parameter depends on the part of the vessel where the mooring device is located, with which the cord is planned to be used, and the type of mooring.

The length of the stern mooring line should be 1.5-2 times the width of the vessel; length of the side mooring line should be equal to 1-1.5 times the total length of the vessel; and the length of the bow mooring line - 2-2.5 times the width of the yacht.

Manufacturing method

Another important factor when choosing a mooring cord is the method of its production, which we discussed above. This characteristic directly affects its performance. For example, twisted ropes have higher tensile strength than braided cords, but have less shock-absorbing capacity.

The choice of the type of cord of a particular design, in turn, depends on several factors.

  • Shock absorption ability. A soft and flexible rope has a higher shock-absorbing capacity than a rigid rope. Rigid, low-stretch lines are more suitable for sailing than for mooring.
  • Disruptive characteristics. Strength is determined primarily by the material from which the cord is made. It is recommended to use mooring lines made of a material that has high specific strength and is not susceptible to the negative effects of ultraviolet radiation. The design of the product also affects its breaking performance, so it is better to use twisted cable ropes or double braided cords.


How are mooring lines different from other types of lines?

Mooring ropes differ from other types of ropes in their purpose. They are used for mooring a vessel in a port, at anchor and in other situations where it is necessary to ensure reliable securing of the vessel.

How to properly care for mooring lines?

In order for mooring lines to serve as long as possible, they need proper care. In those places of mooring ropes that often rub, for example, against the edge of a pier or hawse, it is necessary to wear a special protective sleeve. After work, the cables need to be dried and rolled into coils. Although this applies to a greater extent to vegetable ropes, proper care is not at all superfluous for synthetic mooring lines .

Can mooring lines stretch or shrink?

The ability to stretch and contract is one of the characteristics of mooring ropes. The elasticity of the mooring rope helps absorb the energy of the yacht's jerks, which makes such mooring lines more reliable. Synthetic cables have the best performance in this regard.

Breaking load, kg11800 BrandDouglas Marine
Breaking load, kg11800 BrandDouglas Marine