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Wrong halyard material damages sail
I just learned something today.
A fellow with a 40+ foot boat had a relatively new sail and a recent main halyard made of Sta-Set double-braid.
He kept having a problem with the sail ripping and having to be repaired.
What apparently was happening was that under load the sta-set was streaching but since the batten cars were loaded up they wouldn't slide. This put too much strain on the sail material and caused it to rip.
He replaced the halyard with VPC New England Rope and with the reduced stretch the problem went away.
I expected a poor sail shape with a stretchy halyard not a torn sail.
Live and learn.
The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.