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Different Braider

The product I used above for this article was Western Pacific Trading GTU from West Marine. Initially I thought it was the Gore GFO I had lying around but GFO has the words "GFO" written on the packing and after going through the photos carefully I could not find the silk screened GFO logo.

I had never had GFO fray but the GTU did. The photo to the left is Duramax Ultra-X which has a very similar construction and braid to Gore GFO. It does not fray when cut like GTU does. I would try to avoid the GTU packing sold at West Marine if you are concerned about the ends fraying.

Johnson Duramax Ultra-X can be purchased by the foot from Hamilton Maine and it cuts cleanly.

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Stuart Heide 23-Nov-2014 16:29
Thank you for this information which is very helpfull. I do have a question though: How to determine the size of the Duramax Ultra-X packing. They are available in 18 different sizes.

Stuart Heide (owner CS 36 T and Westerbeke 33)