Polyester Rope

An excellent all-round general purpose synthetic rope, Polyester is popular within the boating industry for anchor lines, mooring lines, fender lines, lifelines, winching and hoisting lines.

Because of its low stretch properties, Polyester rope is also great for tying things down e.g.: awnings and flagpoles, and is used in the theatre industry for stage rigging and curtain hoists.

Key properties at a glance: 

  • Twisted 3-strand construction
  • Made from synthetic fibres
  • Retains strength when wet
  • Water, UV, rot and abrasion resistant
  • Does not float & softens when wet
  • Made in Europe

Related: Nylon, Anchor, Mooring rope


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Polyester Rope Technical Details

Diameter / Weight / Break load 

Diameter Weight per 220m (kg) Break load (kg)*
6mm 5.9 560
8mm 10.5 1,020
10mm 16.7 1,590
12mm 24 2,270
14mm 32.5 3,180
16mm 42.9 4,060
18mm 53.9 5,080
20mm 66.6 6,350
22mm 80 7,610
24mm 96 9,100

*Break load for indication purposes only. Not test certified. Break loads will also lower as a result of splicing and knotting.


Resistance  Description
UV resistance  High
Abrasion resistance  High
Rot and mould Yes
Chemical Sensitive to alkalis, phenolic compounds and sulphuric acids. Resistant to organic and mineral acids, organic solvents and bleaches 


Properties Description
Construction Twisted 3-strand Polyester 
Material Synthetic 
Appearance  White colour. Very close in appearance to Nylon. Smooth and slightly shiny surface 
Feel Very soft to touch
Handling  Flexible and easy to handle. Heavier than Nylon
Density 1.38
Strength (dry)

Very strong all round, general purpose rope.

Tensile strength not as high as nylon but greater than Polypropylene

Strength (wet) No loss of strength 
Shock absorbency Good
Elongation at break load Low
Stretch (elasticity) Low
Creep Low
Performance in water Sinks but does not swell. Remains soft when wet
Melting point 260°C 
Electrical conductivity Moderate
Biodegradable  No
Storage Wet or Dry
Knot retention Moderate
Can be spliced? Yes – very easily
Can be dyed? No

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