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post #4 of Old 04-19-2003
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Coiling line

Braided line is supposed to have no direction.The idea of having a balanced construction like samson paralay where you have all the individual strands lining up with the length of the rope is also to keep the line from twisting whether it be loaded or not.The "s'' and "z'' yarns should have exactly the same twist level.When the line is new, like a few days after it is made on a braiding machine it is very important it not be coiled in a circle,at that time it has a chance to get the wrong memory when it is taking a "set. As a person who has spent years making rope and running rigging, I suggest you coil all braided line in a figure 8. Try it for yourself on your mainsheet, every figure 8 turn cancels itself out. If you coil in a circle or around your elbow and hand, you`ll have to get all the turns out before the line will run free.
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