Re: Line from the hardware store?
Another idea fj is to source line from rock climbing stores (considerably cheaper than west marine). It's usually not uv stable, so it won't last as long, but there is not as much stretch as you'd find from hardware store line. Hardware store stuff just won't last very long. For that matter, any climbing line that you do use, take care of it (store it inside, not on the boat) and it will last a lot longer. Just be sure it's not so stiff that it won't run easily through your blocks. You can usually find line on sale (or remnants as the others have mentioned) at APS or other online retailers- just go with whatever is the cheapest stuff recommended for sheets.