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It all started with a term paper.

Back in 2001, I was enrolled in a Production & Operations course for my MBA. Our assignment was to invent a fictitious product and come up with a production plan for its manufacture. I remembered that a recent rock climbing outing had us padding edges with backpacks and jackets, preserving our ropes but destroying our gear. There were no readily available rope protectors at the local climbing stores so I decided that this fictitious device would be a commercially available rope protector for the everyday climber at an affordable price. When I returned home for Thanksgiving break, I asked my father, a seasoned mechanical engineer, for his input. In that evening we had an idea for an actual prototype and Spiroll rope protection was born.

Today, the Spiroll rope protection has evolved into a climbing, rescue, rope access, maritime, and industrial product line. Distribution all over the world and tens of thousands of units sold. We are proud to manufacturer this product ourselves right here in New England. Everything procured with supplies and services from U.S. companies, many of whom are local as well.

-Mark O
Spiroll® Product Director  & Inventor of Spiroll rope protection

Waterline Design has been a distributor for Spiroll rope protection since 2012. We met with Mark when visiting Us boat show and realised the smart and practical functionality. A great product for European sailing waters.