The idea of the need for a low profile soft attachment came about when Andrew York was sailing VX Ones. They have stainless steel saddle attachment points on the cockpit floor for the hiking straps and a number of other fittings. These are painful to stand on, even in boots, and if you fall on them it can be excruciating.

He built a sportsboat in 2015 and installed all the soft fixings through the cockpit floor before it was laminated to the hull. While this worked well it is not something you could ask a builder to do when making a boat.

In 2018 Andrew started thinking about how he could get a low profile screw to hold the line to form a soft fixing. He purchased a button head socket screw and drilled a hole through the middle. Then a Dyneema line was passed through the screw and tied a knot in the end.

He drilled and tapped a hole into some fibreglass and then fitted the socket screw. The screw and line were then load tested by hanging a few hundred kilograms of steel from it in his factory. When screw held and showed no signs of movement he decided it would be worthwhile testing some plastic screws. Andrew had some screws CNCed up to his design by a company in Sydney.

When testing of the plastic screws went well the order was sent off for the production run of the Ropescrews!

Andrew has used the Ropescrews, both Acetal and Titanium throughout the fit out of his REO 7.7m One Design Sportsboat. There over 50 Ropescrews on the boat performing a variety of functions. The low profile of the Ropescrew makes the cockpit look very clean.

2013 Stubbed toes and trod on (ouch) stainless steel saddles on cockpit floor holding hiking straps and other fittings.
2015 Build a concept sportsboat with Dyneema (soft attachments) fixed through cockpit floor prior to laminating the cockpit to the hull.
2018 Prototypes made and load tested.
2019 Production quantities purchased. REO 7.7 One Design Sportsboats fitted out with over 50 Ropescrews.

About Andrew and TedTec

Andrew York is the principal of TedTec. His background includes decades sailing one-design dinghies and keel boats, ocean racing, sailing in two America’s Cups and Olympic coach. For the past eight years he has been sailing VX Ones and sportsboats, winning five national championships in them.

Andrew has an engineering background, an inquisitive mind and a knack for improving systems and thinking outside the box. In 1984 he was the first person to use vector diagrams to blow away all of the myths surrounding sailing in current. Many of the opinions held at the time by world and Olympic champions, as well as sailing’s technical experts were proved wrong in articles he wrote that were published in Australian Sailing magazine. Articles written by Andrew on sailing in current have been used by the Australian and USA Olympic sailing teams.

Andrew sailed a string of Marblehead radio controlled model boats that he designed over 15 years ago and developed the REO 7.2, the most successful sports boat to sail in Australia. While designing the one-design REO 7.7 he invented the Ropescrew to fill the need for a strong, easy to install soft attachment fitting that could be used on dinghies and sports boats.