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Price & Quality of Rope

In searching for new lines for my 35'' cruiser/racer i notice that everyone is keen to sell New England or Yale. Almost as though nothing else exists. As such the prices from these manufacturers are way above reality for what they are selling.

In the search for alternatives I''ve been looking at Novatec and Samson lines. Does anyone have any experience with these manufacturers?

They seem to sell high end product at 25% of the price of Yale/New England. In looking at the specs of their polyester and dacron lines, the manufacture and design are extremely similar. Admittedly they don''t sell ultra high end spectra, etc, but at $4 per foot who buys that other than the America''s Cup contenders.

Finally, the majority of boats out there are racing with polyester lines that are many years old and still giving good results. Why this recent pitch that one must have ultra high end products at extraodinary prices in order to be competitive?
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