Chafing Gear

Hose is commonly used for chafing gear for dock lines and anchor rodes. It works OK as long as it is of a large enough diameter to allow air circulation around the line (as shown in the photo beside).

storing jerry jugs on deck

If the hose is too light, where air flow is restricted, there can be a substantial buildup of heat, leading to premature failure of the line. This is obviously more of a question when the dock lines or rodes are under heavy load.

An alternate approach (not shown) is to wrap the line in heavy canvas or fire hose (made from canvas), which provides chafe resistance while allowing air flow around and through the chafe gear.

This article elicited a response from one of our readers, which we’ve posted here:

I have used leather but I really like fire hose. Most fire departments have some old hose around for training etc. I don’t use the rubber part-it has two layers of fabric, woven, very tough, and breathable. I cut the hose into lengths crosswise with an abrasive chopsaw, or other similar kitchen tool, and then cut the section lengthwise. The outer fabric just peels off. This is the side that gets dragged over the ground, it’s very tough. I wash it in the washing machine when she is not looking, and then trim the edges. It’s cotton and fiberglass or other non-combustable stuff and ends up light beige in color, I secure it with plastic ties or waxed twine.

(added 12 October 01)

Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 11, 2001)

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