Sailor Speak of the Week – Nylon



  • A synthetic fiber used to make modern sails and cordage.


20th century. Originally a trade name from its maker, DuPont, it’s now a generic term.


Introduced in the 1930s, use of nylon during WWII (such as for parachutes and paracord) increased demand for the product. Nylon has a variety of applications today, but it possesses many qualities that make it ideal for use in sails and cordage. It’s lightweight for its strength, stretches, and has good UV resistance.


Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport.

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