Ropes and Cordage


What would we do in life without ropes? I for one would be lost. My favorite spot, our hammock is composed of thick white rope, our boat is docked by rope and there is a rope handle on my favorite beach bag. My favorite type is the thick white marine rope, being an faviconocean lover, I just cannot help it. I love it for fences, bags, decorations and so much more. It is able to add the perfect nautical touch, making me think of the beach even if I am just in the backyard. Often, it is simply referred to as cordage, which can really incorporate rope, cords, lines and other twisted or braided fiber varieties.

Cords are one of the oldest utilities known to man, and it is still found abundantly in applications all over the globe. They are so old in fact, that their use predates recorded history, so there is no telling just how old they are. From bridge construction to decorations around pictures, ropes and cords are very important to our easy navigation in everyday tasks. Particularly, they are vital to existence in the marine industry.

Sailing is another area in which cordage cannot be lived without. For rigging, sailors must have cordage, masts, sails and spars. The rope is needed to connect the mast to the sails, and to put up and take down the sails. There must be at least nine ropes per sail for boats that have square rigging, meanwhile ships that have fore and aft rigging will need around three ropes per sail. Further, cordage must be used to dock the sailboat as soon as it reaches port. Without rope and cordage, our lives truly would be lost. Industries would see it more, especially those like marine, mining and construction, but we would all feel it at some level.