As a high-quality manufacturer of high-performance braids, Nautilus Braids knows that a great deal of its success is built upon customer satisfaction. With a wealth of scientific and practical experience, we pride ourselves on our ability to recommend and advise customers on the use, performance and design criteria of ropes for specific applications.
Polyester Yachting Double Braid
Our Yachting Double Braid has both an inner core and outer cover made completely from High Tenacity Polyester. This is an extremely versatile rope which can be used for many applications e.g. halyards and sheets.
Yachting braid is available in diameters from 3mm to 25mm. It comes in white with a standard 3-flecks of a single colour or in a solid colour outer. Colour flecks available include white with black, red, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple or grey. Solid colours available are white, black, red, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, silver grey and dark grey.
We also offer custom made designs or colour ways e.g. orange with black fleck, black with yellow and blue fleck, etc. Just give us a call and we can discuss your specific requirements.
Ultra High Performance Double Braid PES XL (Excel) Range
Nautilus has developed an Ultra High Performance Rope which is called our ‘Excel Range’. The rope is made using a 36-carrier one-over-one construction. The outer is made using Polyester while the centre is made of either High Tenacity Polyester or UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene).
The unique property of this rope is the centre core which represents the strength of the rope and it is made using a much higher proportion of the the rope’s total fibre. What this means is that in a standard 16-carrier rope, approx. 50% of the fibre is in the inner and 50% is in the outer. As the number of carriers is increased, this ratio changes. So in a 24-carrier rope approx. 60% is in the inner and 40% is in the outer. But when using a 36-carrier machine, this ratio increases such that the centre is 72% and the outer is 28%.
In simple terms, this means that with a 14mm finished rope, it will have the strength and centre of a 16mm rope. A 12mm rope will have the centre of a 14mm rope and so on. So this then increases the strength without effecting the diameter. To make up for the lower percentage of fibre in the outer, we have made the outer using finer yarns and twisted these much harder to give excellent durability.
The finished rope is more circular than a standard braid, which often can appear slightly oval. The centre can be made using Polyester or UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene).
Double Braid UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene)
Our Double Braid Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene rope is made using a Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene fibre (UHMWPE) core and a High Tenacity Polyester outer.
This makes a very strong, light weight, no stretch rope – providing maximum strength with low stretch. Applications include halyards, sheets and control lines where durability and low stretch is important.
This braid is available in diameters from 3mm to 25mm and our standard colourway is a solid colour with a black/white/black fleck. The fleck denotes the Nautilus colour coding for a low stretch centre. On request, we can make a solid coloured cover with a UHMWPE centre.
Our breaking loads and strengths are available on request. Just give us a call.
Vectran Double Braid
Our Double Braid Vectran ropes are made using a Vectran core for strength and a Polyester outer sheath for protection. This creates a very strong, no stretch, no creep rope.
Vectran is known for its exceptional strength and thermal stability at high temperatures. It is five times stronger than steel and ten times stronger than aluminium. It has a melt temperature of 625°F . The fibre is moisture-resistant and generally stable in hostile environments. It is susceptible to UV. Vectran is easily determined as it has a golden hue.
Vectran ropes have an extremely high strength-to-weight ratio and a high internal and external abrasion resistance. This is an ideal rope for use as a halyard, sheet, control line, reefing line, out/downhaul or furler.
Nautilus uses a black-yellow-black (BYB) fleck to denote the centre is made using Vectran (see photo right). We can make the cover using a solid colour incorporating the black-yellow-black fleck e.g. blue with BYB fleck, red with BYB fleck, etc.
We also offer a Polyester/Vectran-blend outer cover which gives a mottled effect for use on winch drums when heat is generated as the rope is slipped (see photo left).
Nylon Double Braid
Our selection of Double Braid Nylon ropes are made using a centre core and outer cover made of 100% Nylon Polyamide.
This provides a rope with elastic properties and excellent shock absorption, suitable for tow lines, dock lines, anchor warps, etc.
Nylon has a density of higher than 1 and sinks. It is ideal for absorbing shock loads, such as when lifting or towing because it has the ability to return to it’s original length after being stretched. It also has good abrasion resistance and can last several times longer than natural fibres.
Nylon rope stretches around 15-28% at break so it is an excellent material to use for anchor warps and mooring lines. Nylon is sensitive to high temperatures and is resistant to UV light.
Available in diameters 10mm to 25mm.
Nautilus manufactures Multiplait 8-Plaid mainly out of Nylon for anchor warps and drogue lines for Sea Parachutes. Multiplait is an ideal rope to use with anchor winches as the pitch is suited to fit into the dogs of anchor winches.
We also make Multiplait using Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre. This is an unusual combination as the Multiplait weave is designed to give stretch, while the UHMWPE fibre is designed to give no stretch but is very strong. An ideal rope for Mooring Lines on larger vessels where strength is of the utmost importance.
Our Multiplait Rope is available in diameters from 10mm to 25mm but we can now offer up to 35mm diameters by using a slightly different technique. Typically, a Winch Rope is made and coated in Polyurethane and the rope is then braided. By using the braid and weaving it into a Multiplait design, we can produce bigger diameters. These larger diameter ropes are used as Hawsers/Mooring Lines for large vessels.
Strength tests for UHMWPE Multiplait are available on request.
Our range of Mooring Lines are made using a core of 100% Nylon Polyamide and a cover of 100% High Tenacity Polyester.
This provides a mooring rope with elastic properties suitable for tow lines and docking lines.
Mooring lines can be professionally spliced with loops, sized to meet your requirements.
Customers can choose a custom made coloured polyester cover from our colour range (refer ‘Colours’ at the bottom of this page). Black, dark grey and light grey are the most popular.
Our Mooring Lines can be made up to 32mm in diameter.
Nautilus commonly provides these custom made lines to some of the more prestigious super yachts.
Nautilus specialises in recovering Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethyelene (UHMWPE) fibre halyards for cruising and racing yachts when the outer cover has worn but the centres are still sound.
We remove the old polyester cover (or you can do this yourself and just send us the core) and then braid a new outer cover using 100% High Tenacity Polyester fibre to your individual colour requirement. This rejuvenates sheets and halyards back to their original conditio
We also manufacture chafe resistant braided covers made from Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) in various diameters.
Just give us a call to discuss your size and length requirement.
Fishing Braids – Trawl & Cod End
Our line of fishing braids includes trawl braid, netting braid and cod end braid. All are available in Nylon or Polyester.
Trawl braids are available in various sizes which include 6mm, 9mm (500L), 11mm (700L) and 13mm (1150L). All are made in plain white. Made 100% of Polyester or 100% Nylon, it is an ideal rope for use in commercial fishing applications.
Cod end is also available and made 100% of white Polyester. Our standard diameters are 7mm and 9mm but we can custom make to the size required.
Both Trawl Braid and Cod End Braid are available in 100 metre lengths or we can supply in bulk. Just give us a call to discuss.
Stock Ropes – Horse Leads and Halters
At Nautilus, we know the importance of making good quality Horse Leads and Halter Ropes.
We specialise in manufacturing custom made Stock Ropes, using special recipes to create a soft durable product. All ropes are made using 100% High Tenacity Polyester to make a long lasting, strong and flexible rope.
Our most popular Horse Leads are made in 12mm, 13mm and 14mm diameters and Halter Ropes are made in a 7mm diameter. We can make other diameters on request. Standard lengths are 100 metres.
Further, we have the capability to make cotton and/or a blend of cotton/polyester stock handling ropes to avoid burn when a rope is pulled through one’s hands.
We also make a version of the Parelli Horse Leads – give us a call to discuss. For those who don’t know – Parelli Natural Horsemanship is a program which uses behavioural psychology and teaches powerful horsemanship skills to help understand the individual nature of horses. Our lead ropes are specially made making them easy to hold and they glide smoothly through your hands when you need to give your horse more drift.
We offer solid colours such as black, red, brown, etc. but can work with you to create your own custom made colour design. Just give us a call to discuss. All our ropes are machine washable.
Nautilus braided winch ropes are made using Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene fibre (UHMWPE) which makes a very strong, flexible and long lasting rope with minimal stretch.
We coat the finished rope with polyurethane to make a strong, low stretch rope. Polyurethane shades include light shades of dark grey, blue, orange, silver/grey, blue/black, black, yellow, green, red or natural white.
Winch ropes are commonly used for winching, towing, industrial cable pulling, rigging, etc. and are a user friendly alternative to wire rope. The advantages in using a synthetic rope means it doesn’t develop sharp burrs and doesn’t store as much potential energy when under load.
Shock Cord / Bungy
At Nautilus, we manufacture a durable range of high stretch Shock Cord. Also known as Bungy Cord, Stretch Cord, Elastic Cord and Bungee. We use an inner core of multi-stranded rubber and cover this with 100% High Tenacity Polyester to provide protection against abrasion and UV exposure.
Diameters available range from 2mm to 10mm.
Our standard colours include white with a blue fleck and solid black.
We can also custom make colours to your specific requirement e.g. solid blue, bright pink, red with white fleck, yellow with blue fleck, etc.
Manufacturing Shock Cord is not an exact science so we do our best to eliminate breakages. However, they do happen! We comply with the industry standard and guarantee that every 100 metre reel will have a maximum of one break. Some reels will not have any breaks.
We can supply in 100 metre lengths or longer runs – just give us a call to discuss.
Sash Cord/Spiral Braid
Our Sash Cord is available in diameters from 2mm to 10mm. Sash Cord is also known as Spiral Braid or Solid Braid.
Sash cord was traditionally used for “sash windows” to counterbalance systems on double hung windows but today this versatile rope can be used as an all-purpose rope, including lashing, starter cord, tent line, awning cord or clothesline.
Sash Cord is a firm round braided cord manufactured in a spiral braid construction and has excellent handling. It’s hard laid construction means it is tough and long-lasting, and ensures smooth running in pulley systems.
Available in Nylon, Polyester, Cotton, UHMWPE or other fibres on request.
Our Abseil Rope is a Polyester Double Braid constructed using 100% High Tenacity Multi-Filament Polyester yarn in both the centre core and outer cover.
High strength with low stretch is created by using a large core with a long pitch. The cover is highly twisted with a short pitch for high durability. Being a relatively stiff rope, it is not suitable for splicing.
It has excellent UV and chemical resistance.
Our standard colours are solid black or white, white with orange and purple flecks or orange with blue flecks.
Standard diameter 11.7mm.
Other colours and diameters are available on request.
Our Fine Braids series is made from High Tenacity Polyester or Nylon. Braids are made with a solid coloured outer cover and a non-braided core to create a good quality, low stretch, general purpose cord.
Polyester is available in our full colour range. Nylon is only available in white.
We can also make a single braid using UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) which is often used for fishing line. Just call us to discuss your requirement.
Our Fine Braids are available in diameter sizes 1mm to 5mm. Note that sizes are nominal. If you want something finer, please contact us to discuss.
|Code||Size/Diameter||Indicative Break Load|
We use a coding which indicates the material used, braid weave and weight per unit metre. All braids listed above are made from Polyester (P).
P = Polyester N = Nylon
F = 16 Braid H = 8 braid
S = Standard Core (non-braided) (PHS) F = Braided Core (PFF)
Number = approximate grams/metre
To illustrate, PFS-120 indicates the cord is made from Polyester (P) – is a Full 16 Braid (F) – with a Standard Non-Braided Core (S) – while the number indicates the weight of the cord per metre.
High Performance Ropes
Most of Nautilus’ ropes are made from high tenacity continuously spun multi-filament PE (polyester) or PA (Nylon) having a tenacity of around 8 gms per denier. Some special “high tech” ropes use UHMWPE or Vectran and “buoyant” ropes use PP (polypropylene because of its especially low density).
These are braids we have created for specific purposes. If you require a braid not listed, call us to discuss and we will design and make for you.
Our Tapered Sheets and Halyards are special braids made to order. We just need to know the size, length and colour required. Refer ‘Colours’ below. Made with a polyester sheath and a polyester or UHMWPE core. Very popular!
We carry a variety of yarn colours.
These include white, black, red, blue, green, yellow, purple and orange (see colour chart left).
Additional colours include pink, fluro yellow, navy blue, teal, brown, fawn, royal blue, silver grey, dark grey and dark green.
If you have a specific requirement or want a customised colour combination, call us to discuss.