I just went to look up the tensile strength of 7/8" Sta-Set and it doesn't appear that NE Ropes shows anything above 18mm (a bit bigger than 5/8") on their website. Sure it was Sta-Set?
I don't disagree with the poster who suggests VPC over Sta-Set X. I wasn't making an exact suggestion, just suggesting a slightly higher up the food chain line might work better.
I was interested to see, when looking up tensile strengths, that they are not necessarily higher for the same size line, in these modestly better performers (X or VPC). It seems the real advantage is in stretch, weight or perhaps whether they absorb water.
Well, they do make it, but you have to buy a full spool from West Marine, and most of the rare places that do sell the 7/8 line. So, I called NE Ropes and they told me about a company in Minnesota who had bought a lot, and they agreed to sell me the 160 feet I wanted. On that note, I was disappointed that I hadn't bought about 20 more feet to have an extra 10 for each side.
So, that line was made in Fairhaven / Bedford, (wherever they are), shipped to Minnesota, then re-shipped to Boston. Bizarre!
I've been buying VPC for my halyards. I like that a lot so far.
But, again, so far, I have been ordering just a tad less than I would like, so what I bought for the main, I am going to switch to the mizzen, and order new & more for the main.
Every single piece of line on this boat needs to be replaced. Luckily, we just got a Port Supply account! :-)
Thanks again for all you VERY valuable help!