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sheets/lines #17969
08/13/18 02:51 PM
08/13/18 02:51 PM
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Burton, Michigan
nathankt79 Offline OP
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Good afternoon all,

It looks like when we go to have the mast stepped next season, there are a few lines/sheets that should be replaced. I noticed chafes on the sheet/line for the roller furling, and main halyard to start. What brand/type should I be looking at using. I'm aware there are several different kinds/types of line that can be purchased. I want to get the right one for the application...and while budget has to be taken into consideration, I don't want to skimp on these critical items. Can anyone give me recommendations?

On a related note...I know I'm posting a lot. We're excited to sail...and new...and I ask a lot of questions normally. We appreciate the understanding.


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Re: sheets/lines [Re: nathankt79] #17970
08/15/18 08:59 AM
08/15/18 08:59 AM
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There is a rigging table on the main menu if you mouse over Info, Articles of Interest and click on J/30 Rigging Information. You can get good products from the major suppliers. I like the Samson and New England Ropes products. The halyards can be a high tech core that is low stretch with a good quality woven cover. A lower priced but adequate line for halyard is New England Ropes Sta-Set X. It is a parallel core line that is stiffer than lines with a high tech core such as Spectra or Dyneema and much less expensive. It is difficult to splice unless you have some experience, so better to have a rigger slice on the shackle. For club racing and cruising it is fine.

Don't skimp on the jib sheets and if you have self tailing winches, make sure the diameter meets the requirements of the winch tailer. Jib sheets get a lot of use and you want a line that is easy on the hands, doesn't slip, doesn't hockle (twists and loops) or doesn't chafe. I like Samsom MLX because it has a tighter weave on the cover and wears better. You can go with stripped halyards for performance to reduce weight aloft, but you will sacrifice line life. If you do mostly cruising and club racing, I wouldn't strip the halyards.

Spin sheets on the other hand will greatly benefit from being stripped. In light air you don't want the weight pulling the clew down. Some think the high tech cores are too slick for a bowline. An easy way around that is to put and eye splice in the end and use soft shackles to attach to the spinnaker. I have used New England Ropes Endura Braid and Samson Warpspeed

The roller furling doesn't need to be high tech (and isn't stock on the J/30 but many have it). New England Ropes Sta-Set is good for that.

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