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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.
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Re: Wrong halyard material damages sail

Hmm....I wonder who made that diagnosis. I can't picture how a stretchy halyard could rip a sail. Perhaps if a batten car jams while hoisting and the halyard is put on a winch to force the sail up you could rip the sail, but I doubt very much the halyard itself can be blamed.

To me it is more likely abuse or a poorly built sail that are the main culprits!
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Re: Wrong halyard material damages sail

I'm with SchockT. Any decent Battcar type device I've seen is going to come down at least partially without a taut halyard to keep it in place.
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Re: Wrong halyard material damages sail

that's strange that the sail would tear,

what part of the sail kept ripping? and under what type of conditions?
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Re: Wrong halyard material damages sail

Sounds like something was binding. I've seen a halyard stretch a lot and eventually chafe through from stretch over the sheave.

A better question, who uses sta-set for halyards on a 40+ footer?
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