Cordage of Biddeford, Maine, built the official MRE Tug-of-War rope
especially for this event. With a replacement value (in 1998 dollars)
of $23,488.50, it is one of MRE's most valuable capital assets.
specifications, as outlined by Yale Cordage:
® Plus double braid custom manufactured double tapered line
1 l/8" diameter to ¾" diameter to l l/8" diameter, by 1,700
feet long (part #91048ICASSA001)
diameter 12-strand 24 degree braid of ultra high molecular weight
polyethylene Spectra 900 ® fiber impregnated with Yale Maxijacket
yellow urethane coating. Mean breaking strength 49,000 lbs.
Weight in air: 11.8 lbs. per 100 feet [11.8 x 17=20.6 lbs.].
Weight in seawater: buoyant, -2.6 lbs. per 100 feet.
1/8" diameter 24-strand 38 degree overbraid of high tenacity
multifilament Fiberbrite 2000 ® polyester fiber in black and
yellow, with 250 feet of each end of the 1,700-foot core overbraided
for hand gripping.
Plus ® is registered to Yale Cordage, Inc.
Spectra 900® and Fiberbrite 2000® are registered to Allied Fibers
Cordage's logo is "When there's a lot on the line." There certainly
is in this case!