I'm sure ropes have improved since we had a rope to swing on 25 years ago, but I remember the nylon rope getting very rough and almost splintery after just a little bit of time out in the sun and elements. It was perfectly safe (didn't seem to lose strength or stretch), but it was so unpleasant to hold onto that we didn't use it much.
Thanks GoldenMom I believe this a very good quality nylon rope. Anyway I answered my own question earlier this mourning:happy:
I will set the swing seat as low and safely as possible and if it stretches then simply raise the seat. If the the rope shrinks and I dont think it will much, then we will just deal with it because I will be setting it as low as possible to start with anyway.
If it is getting scratchy it is not nylon, it is probably polypropylene which will break down in the sun. A double braid nylon rope will stretch less than a three strand twisted nylon rope. We used to use the twisted nylon as anchor ropes since they gave a bit which made the boat ride easy at anchor. There are some double braid ropes which have almost zero stretch, we used those for flying a spinnaker but they were not cheap ropes.
If the rope is hard on the hands, let them chop wood for awhile to get some callus to toughen up their hands? Oh, well, otherwise, you could pad the rope by lashing on some old towels or look up "baggywinkle" and you could do that to give them a soft spot to hang onto. We used to leather wrap the rope in areas to prevent chafe from the gunnels of the boat, but leather gets stiff after awhile.
Thanks for the help. We got the seat on the rope this evening and tried it out and all is working fine. The boys simply love it and cant wait until this summer so they can let go and splash in the water :dance:
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