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AmSteel Rope



The following information about AmSteel braided Rope is by Samson Rope Technologies.  This information is specifically geared towards extreme uses of the AmSteel rope however the information provides great insight into Amsteel Blue Synthetic Winch Rope.

Technical Information

AmSteel Rope - A 12-Strand braided rope using Dyneema® fiber with a proprietary Samthane urethane coating. AmSteel is a non-rotational rope that yields extremely high strength and low stretch; equivalent to wire rope with only 1/7 the weight. In addition, the product is flexible, spliceable, and resists flex-fatigue and abrasion. Standard color: gray. *Size 7/64" changes from 12-strand to 8-strand construction.

  • Equivalent strength stretch properties of wire
  • Extremely light
  • Highly abrasion resistant
  • Class 2 12-Strand splice
  • Easily spliced (much like 12-Strand hollow braid ski rope)
  • Extremely light weight
  • Floats-will not absorb water
  • Extremely low stretch
  • Outlasts wire rope
  • Non-rotational
  • Excellent wear characteristics
  • Spliceable, easily inspected
  • Flexible
  • Spliceable
  • Resists flex-fatigue and abrasion

  • Competition Grade Running Rigging
  • Kite, Wakeboard, Waterski Lines
  • Trawl and Bridle Lines
  • Wire Replacement - Non Jacketed
  • High Performance Tug Lines
  • Pulling and Stringing Lines
  • Rodeo, Rigging, Utility
  • Low Stretch Support Lines (Wire Replacement)
  • Horizontal Lifelines
  • Wire Replacement Ropes
Technical Specifications

Specific Gravity - 0.98
(specific gravity of water is 1.0 so AmSteel is lighter than water)

Elastic Elongation - At % break strength
10% - 0.46%
20% - 0.7%
30% - 0.96%

Rope stabilized from 200D2. Ropes cycled 50 times at each percent of average break strength.




Winch Specific information on AmSteel®-Blue 12 strand UHMWPF (ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fiber) - Amsteel Blue Synthetic Winch Rope - Info and Reviews

AmSteel-Blue Mooring Lines

AmSteel-Blue Mooring Lines are produced with a synthetic fiber called Dyneema SK-75, a high modulus weight polyethylene. The use of this fiber allows us to create a torque-free, 12-strand braided rope which, size-for-size, has comparable strength to wire rope but which only has 1/7th the weight of wire rope. AmSteel-Blue is also flexible, easy to handle and it floats. The unique blue color is there for more than just appearance: It is created by a proprietary Samthane coating that enhances rope wear life and snag resistance. AmSteel-Blue doesn’t require lubrication because it doesn’t rust nor does it “fishhook”. Its flexibility and extreme light weight will allow for an easier, faster and safer mooring sequence.

AmSteel-Blue synthetic line wear compared to wire line

The Dyneema SK-75 fiber used in AmSteel-Blue is also utilized for bulletproof vests, military helmets and cut - resistant gloves. It is pretty tough material. It should be noted, though, that all synthetic fiber can be cut and care and review should be taken to protect the mooring line from sharp and rough surfaces that it could be worked against or over. All of the AmSteel-Blue mooring lines come equipped with an 8- foot rubberized chafe sleeve that should be placed in the ship’s chock during the mooring sequence. This is very important when converting from wire rope mooring lines. Wire rope has a tendency to create grooves with sharp, cutting edges. During mooring, the AmSteel-Blue will firm and stiffen into a round configuration. In a relaxed state, the braid construction will loosen and be very flexible. Under the compression loading on the winch drum, the rope will develop a flatter configuration.

As the rope is used, it will develop surface wear on the outer fibers. This individual fiber filament abrasion will give the line a fuzzy appearance. Due to the normal external wear from use, the line will also gradually begin to lose its original royal blue color.

If taken care of, AmSteel-Blue should yield 2-1/2 to 3 times the normal life of wire rope mooring lines.

7/64 2.5 0.3 0.45 1,400 640 1,300 570
1/8 3 0.5 0.74 2,100 950 1,900 860
3/16 5 1.0 1.5 5,000 2,300 4,500 2,000
1/4 6 1.6 2.4 7,400 3,400 6,700 3,000
5/16 8 2.7 4.0 10,500 4,800 9,500 4,300
3/8 9 3.6 5.4 15,500 7,000 14,000 6,300
7/16 11 4.2 6.2 18,000 8,200 16,200 7,300
1/2 12 6.4 9.5 27,500 12,500 24,800 11,200
9/16 14 7.9 11.8 34,000 15,400 30,600 13,900
5/8 16 10.2 15.2 40,700 18,500 36,600 16,600
3/4 18 13.3 19.8 52,000 23,600 46,800 21,200
13/16 20 15.8 23.5 61,000 27,700 54,900 24,900
7/8 22 19.6 29.2 74,000 33,600 66,600 30,200
1 24 21.8 32.4 90,000 40,800 81,000 36,700
1-1/16 26 27.5 40.9 100,000 45,400 90,000 40,800
1-1/8 28 31.9 47.5 110,000 49,900 99,000 44,900
1-1/4 30 36.2 53.9 125,000 56,700 113,000 51,000
1-5/16 32 41.8 62.2 135,000 61,200 122,000 55,100
1-1/2 36 51.7 76.9 175,000 79,400 158,000 71,400
1-5/8 40 65.2 97.0 205,000 93,000 185,000 83,700
1-3/4 44 78.4 117 240,000 109,000 216,000 98,000
2 48 87.0 129 280,000 127,000 252,000 114,000
2-1/8 52 109 162 340,000 154,000 306,000 139,000
2-1/4 56 116 173 400,000 181,000 360,000 163,000
2-1/2 60 148 220 450,000 204,000 405,000 184,000
2-5/8 64 167 248 500,000 227,000 450,000 204,000
2-3/4 68 187 278 565,000 256,000 509,000 231,000
3 72 206 307 645,000 293,000 581,000 263,000
3-1/4 80 240 357 780,000 354,000 702,000 318,000
3-5/8 88 324 482 920,000 417,000 828,000 376,000


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