It is the latest innovation from Rimini-based Protect Tapes: the Loopx. It consists of an adhesive tape and longitudinal fibers made of high-molecular-weight polythene that provides high toughness, low elongation and high tensile strength.
The three parallel fibers seen in the picture bear up to 20 kg each and make for quick and easy loops. As easy as cutting a piece of scotch tape: lightweight (930 grams for 10 kilometers of tape), tensile-resistant, custom-made loops can be self-made in minutes. This material makes it possible to shape rings, the strength of which is directly proportional to the number of turns you make, from six to ten, even of small diameter.
The ring thus constructed has a strength of up to 4,000 kg. This accessory is part of the process of gradually replacing steel with textile materials that is revolutionizing the arms of racing boats as well as cruising boats. You will find an in-depth discussion of this issue in the December/January issue of The Journal of Sailing. www.protect-tapes.com