Originally Posted by David L
I don't know about Aire, but Hyside recommends that flat webbing material, not circular rope.
We use Nylon "Hoopie" or "Tubular" webbing for our lace-in floors. Nylon beats polyester in durability and will last years longer in the sun. It does stretch more when wet, but we find the strengths outweigh that weakness.
The nylon webbing does appear flat, so "tubular" does seem like an odd terminology for it, however, if you were to cut the webbing in half and squeeze both ends together, you'd see it's actually a full circle, but it's laid flat to prevent wear.
What this creates is a double wear protection for the lacing. We actually double lace our floors too, which helps the webbing stay flat when sinched through the grommets.
#1 key to lacing a floor is to use Nylon webbing if you want it to last.
#2 keep the lacing flat when going through grommets, as any kinks or folds can cause premature wear.
#3 We recommend cutting the webbing in 4 sections. Much easier to lace 1/2 the boat tight, then the whole thing. Soak the webbing in a bucket of water as you lace it. This will allow you to sinch it tighter and will take the stretch out of the webbing, so once you're back on the water, your floor is still nice and tight.