Shark Byte 12

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Shark Byte 12

Shark Byte 12 is a 12-strand single braid product where the individual strands are a composite of copolymer olefins mixed randomly with Vectran LCP (Liquid Crystal Polymer) fiber. This product is the first synthetic rope ever designed from the ground up to resist shark-bite damage.

By spreading the high-modulus Vectran fiber over a larger than required cross-sectional area to achieve a given strength and mixing it with a “tough to cut” lower modulus fiber, greater resistance to bite damage can be achieved.

Shark Byte 12 has successfully and extensively replaced wire on DART buoys, making them more easily serviced. Most importantly, this product is very hard to cut through and is also very easy to splice, entirely torque free, neutrally buoyant and supple in even sub-zero temperatures. This is especially important when line is near sharks using their teeth. Typically the residual strength of an attacked rope is in excess of 40% of a new rope's published strength.

Shark Byte 12 Specifications and Data

Diameter (Inches) Average Break Strength *(Lbs) Minimum Spliced Break Strength *(Lbs) Ultimate Energy Absorption Ultimate Energy Absorption Est. Residual Strength **(%) Linear Density (Lbs/100f)
1/2 9,200 8,280 16,701 3,884 32 4.3
3/4 22,800 20,520 40,393 3,884 42 10.4
1 42,000 37,800 75,738 3,884 50 19.5
1-1/8 48,000 43,200 97,100 3,884 72 25.0


* Knots and abrupt bends significantly reduce the strength of all ropes and lower the maximum working load.
** The estimated residual strength is from laboratory and tank bite tests and may not represent the effects during actual use.

Shark Byte 12 is neutrally buoyant. The theoretical specific gravity of the combined fibers is greater than water, i.e. >1.0, interstitially trapped air may affect the actual value for buoyancy.

Specific Gravity: 1.10