Re: [baidarka] Anyone have experience with hemp lashing?

Gordon Couger (
Sun, 10 May 1998 12:54:09 -0500

From: Gordon Couger <>
Subject: Re: [baidarka] Anyone have experience with hemp lashing?
Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 12:54:09 -0500

>I've been reading the strings about lashing vs. zip ties and the mention
>of tarred materials. I was at a local vendor here in Pgh. and they
>happen to be hemp importers. They had a hemp twine rated at 170lb. test
>strength. I'm having him sample some hemp fabrics as well to possibly
>substitute for 10oz. cotton duck.
>A few months back there was a short string on the durability and
>possible use of hemp fabric....has anyone gone any further?
>I'm going to try and get him to "sponsor" my project, in exchange for
>hanging my finished boat, or photos in his shops.
>I would appreciate any others sources, if he can't find suitable fabric.

I have use most natural ropes. Man made beat them on almost every
turn. Cotton has a better feel to the hand than any other rope.

The only place I would use natural rope is on a historic rebuild or
for a rope I had to handle.

Gordon Couger
624 Cheyenne
Stillwater, OK 74075
405 624-2855 GMT -6:00