Re: Bad Rope (Line/Sheet) Advice?
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The smaller lines may be stronger, may even chaff less than what you had. Smaller lines may actually last longer. Then again, they may be opposite.
I go for smaller high tech lines, as they stretch less, giving me better sail shape in puffs, which makes me heel less, and puts more power into going forward. Cost is very little difference, as the smaller is about the same as bigger diam lesser quality line per say.
A size smaller line say from 7/16 to 3/8 is not enough issue on my hands any how to worry about. A 3/4 to 1/4 might, if it is a sheet line. Then again, maybe not depending upon which sheet, sail, wind to be used in etc. I use 3/16" sheets on my drifter and spin, 3/8 on the jibs for heavier air. Smaller lines can be better at times than larger diam lines.
Again, with out what type of line you bought, hard to say if you got the right or wrong stuff etc.
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