If you happen to live in Michigan, there is a water skiers convention called
Ski-Fest in the Detroit area. You can read about last year's at tag.na.com.
The dates are March 14 & 15. It's in conjunction with a boat show. I teach
rope making, and will be there. (There is a charge to attend, but I don't
make anything on it) It's almost impossible to describe in words. Also,
the Wisconsin Think Tank should also have something. I think the date on
that is 2 weeks earlier. You can do a search on it to get more info. Short
of that, there are books on the subject that teach you how, but I didn't
follow it when I read mine. It took hands on for me to learn.
>I don't belive that nylon can be braided. But typical ski ropes are not
>made of nylon, seems like they were polypropylene or something like
>They are "braided" much like chinese handcuffs: you put a loose end in a
>"fid" (which serves as a needle) and compress the section you want to
>braid it with until the "handlcuff" expands to the point where you can
>insert the fid between the strands of poly to the inner hollow. Now you
>run the fid (always by pushing) up the center for a goodly distance
>(several inches) and then exit the rope. When pulled tight the rope
>tends to constrict the inner rope from withdrawing. Most people finish
>it off with several in-and-out loops (and maybe loop-backs) to prevent
>slowly slipping out.
>Gosh that sounds complicated. I hope to find some pictures. The "fid"
>can purchased at almost any marina that sells rope. They come in
>different sizes for the different size ropes.
>> Can anyone suggest a good source for instructions on repairing/braiding
>> nylon ski rope? Way back when I was a kid, I remember my father doing
>> his own repairs, and it seemed pretty simple and cost effective.
>> Web sites with pictures would be great, books and videos too.
>> Rob Dewhirst
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