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Old 12-27-2008
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I changed from Sta-Set to Regatta Braid. Sta-Set was kinking on me and would get caught. It was a real PITA. The Regatta braid has been great. I can't believe how fast it comes off the winch when tacking, even in light air. I've heard that Andersen self tailing winches don't like it very much, so if you have self tailing winches you might check for compatibility.

I also use one long line for my jib sheets. I had 2 lines with the Sta-Set and found that the bowline would hang on the shrouds in light air. The small knot right at the clew with a single line never gets hung up.
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I have a stupid question. Why is everyone using low-stretch line for Jib sheets? When I needed new ones, I went with Regatta Braid. If I want the sail sheeted in tighter, I simply take in more line. I certainly see the advantage to having low stretch halyards as you are only adjusting them (if at all) a couple of times during a day-sail. But the sheets are constantly being adjusted so what is gained by using a low stretch line? One could argue that it would be preferable to use a stretchy line to spill gusts ....

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Why bother adjusting your sheets if all they're going to do is stretch anyway?

Only thing that should stetch is dock lines, and anchor rode. Nothing else. Smaller high tech lines will kink/hockle less and won't absorb as much water as the fuzzy daysailing lines. They are hard on the hands, some require to be scuffed up a bit to grip a winch, but to me, they were worth it.
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dgr,

If your lines stretch, you have also potentially lost power to the sails, and speed, hence why one would want to use a less stretchy line for sheets, along with halyards. Not to mention the sail cloth itself, hence why racers use carbon and kevlar with mylar too in sails vs dacron these days. Many cruisers are using this higher tech, less stretchy material, so they do not have to spend a lot of time readjusting things for stretch, along with getting more out of the boat for a given weather conditon too.

Some of this stretch could cause more heeling without adjusting thing constantly too, as you will not have the sails at the proper setting for any length of time.

Many reasons to go with less stretchy lines and cloths. It comes down to how much you want to spend, how much improvement you want etc. Plus's and minus's to both!

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