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Initially Posted - 04/16/2023 :  08:16:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Greetings everyone - getting things ready for another season. What is considered to be the best spreader tape?
Thanks in advance

82 C25 SR FK
Sailing out of Newport Harbor.

Steve Milby
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Response Posted - 04/16/2023 :  09:34:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The kinds of tape most commonly found on sailboats are electrical tape, rigging tape and chafing tape. Many weekend sailors on small boats use ordinary white electrical tape, especially in places that are easy to reach if it needs to be replaced.

Rigging tape is similar to electrical tape in that it's a vinyl tape with similar adhesion, but it's more weather and chafe resistant and it tears more cleanly.

Chafing tape is used to protect dock lines, mooring lines and rigging. It is thicker than rigging tape and more resistant to salt water.

I have never heard any discussions, online or otherwise, about the "best" rigging tape. I have used West Marine's tape and it served me well. I wouldn't hesitate to use any rigging tape found in a ship's chandlery.

Steve Milby J/24 "Captiva Wind"
previously C&C 35, Cal 25, C25 TR/FK, C22
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Response Posted - 04/16/2023 :  21:41:29  Show Profile  Visit OLarryR's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have used all the above that Steve mentioned. I mainly have used electrical tape to keep my solar panel wires running along the stern rail. Lasts a long time (years) and easily replaced.

One thing that I have had problems with has been keeping the spreader boots in place. Years ago, when I needed my topping line replaced and the spreader boots replaced (due to rigging tape eventually coming off), I had a guy use zip ties. So far, that has worked out pretty good. When the spreader boot(s) came off, the tape that held them lasted about 5-6 years. The zip ties have now been on at least that long.

'89 Robin's Nest#5820, Potomac River/Quantico, Va
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Response Posted - 04/17/2023 :  04:57:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used rigging tape from WM on my spreader boots and turnbuckles when I replaced my standing rigging 10 yrs ago. It's still going strong.

Sailing out of Glen Cove,L.I Sound

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