Shark Byte 12 is the first synthetic rope ever designed from the ground up to resist fish bite damage. Shark Byte's 12 individual strands are a composite of copolymer olefins mixed randomly with VectranTM LCP (Liquid Crystal Polymer). Yale's theory is that 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 damamge can be achieved. Yale's Shark Byte has successfully and extensively replaced wire on DART buoys, making them more easily serviced. Shark Byte is easy to splice, entirely torque free, supple even in sub-zero temperatures, and most importantly, hard to cut, if you are a shark and using your teeth. Typically residual strength of an attacked rope is in excess of 40 percent of a new rope's strength. Catalogued are the two most popular sizes we manufacture, other sizes and strengths are available upon request.
Shark Byte is manufactured to specification YCI-772 Rev B, copy available upon request.
This product 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.
*The estimated residual strength is from laboratory and take bite tests and may not represent the effects during actual use.