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post #7 of Old 12-31-2012
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Re: Spectre rope

Uncovered dyneema used as lifelines won't last 5 or 10 years; nor did I expect it to. If used as standing rigging, any area expect to see chafe should be protected; but that area/length is minimal compared to the total length of rigging.

Also, the standard 12-strand braid of Dyneema is extremely easy to splice (even without tools) and one can carry the line required for a complete rigging change in a canvas sailor's bag. Apart from not having room for the same amount of wire rigging, one would also need tools and spares for swaging wire.

Despite my liking for Dyneema, I opted not to use it for standing rigging as I'm a cruiser and not a racer and any weight savings in the rigging would immediately go to additional storage belowdecks for "stuff".


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