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White paper on anchoring

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Yale Cordage has published a white paper on anchoring technology to detail the performance characteristics and advantages of its eight-strand anchor line.

Yale Cordage has published a white paper on anchoring technology to detail the performance characteristics and advantages of its eight-strand anchor line.

The 20-page paper, Anchoring Technology, gives a brief history of anchoring technology, then dives into a description of the company’s product Yale Brait. “We felt there was a story to tell,” says Andy Howe, marine market manager for the Saco, Maine-based company. “People think of [anchoring] as pretty standard, but most of the tests have been done on the anchor and not what’s connecting the anchor to the boat.”

Yale Cordage introduced Brait in 2000. “Rather than weaving three strands of nylon fiber into a rope, Yale technicians pioneered a unique eight-strand weave,” the paper says. “This new line is called Yale Brait. In 2005 Yale Cordage introduced a polyester version of Brait, which delivers the same strength plus additional abrasion-resistance.”

The paper spells out the advantages of Brait over traditional three-strand lines, claiming reduced storage requirements, more energy absorption (meaning a lower pullout load on the anchor and deck fittings), better performance with windlasses, and better handling. Howe says Brait has become popular with windlass manufacturers and boatbuilders, and the next step is to get consumers on board.

“This kind of a paper is of interest to all these segments, I think,” says Howe.

Charts and graphs accompany the discussion, including a chart of Brait’s physical properties, graphs showing percentage of breaking strength versus elastic elongation, and a chart of anchor system recommendations.

“I think anchoring is one of those topics that everybody, on one hand, thinks they know everything about,” Howe says. “But there’s [still] a big discussion when you get a bunch of boaters together.”

The white paper is available free of charge by request, (207) 282-3396, or by PDF download from www.yalecordage.com.