Originally Posted by sevseasail
I thought 316 was the preferred for the marine use.....
My understanding is 316 is recommended for highly corrosive areas such as the tropics and Floriday. Hot areas that get salt spray and sailing in salt water environments is highly corrosive and 316 recommended. This also is supported by rigging wire suppliers. They can supply 304 or 316 but recommend 316 for tropics. I think 316 is about 10% weaker as compred to 304. Not a significant amount. And if you can prevent corrosion, 10% recuction in strength is well work it.
Marine Wire Rope & Cable, Yacht Rigging, Life Line - Loos & Co., Inc.