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Re: should I replace my standing rigging myself
Dux is a good material for some things. But it does stretch a little and there is still the creep issue. These are two separate things.
Dux is pre-stretched heat set dyneema. It's a brand name. There are others on the market. NER is also making their own heat set pre-stretched SK75 and I believe the industry will move towards 78 and 90.
For cost, stick with wire and find a local rigger who needs a bit of work. NEVER skimp on standing rigging. The liability alone of dropping a rig will far outway any cost savings.
I read that article and it was interesting they suggested dux for a spin halyard. Even on grand prix boats, the loads on a spin halyard can’t justify dux. I do believe that they can use it for sheets, as the initial stiffness is pretty bad, it softens up with use. A better application for sheet would be SK-90. And it’s not super pricey like Dux.
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