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Synthetic Standing Rigging
With the use of UHMWPE products like pre-strectched Dynex Dux, it is now possible to rig a sailboat completely without the use of steel wire. Synthetic rigging is rigged up using deadeyes and lanyards, like a traditional tall ship. I am a big fan of this, and when it comes time to re-rig, I will be doing it in synthetic.
Cheaper than SS rigging
Low mass, far away from boats CG = faster boat
Easy to replace at sea
Easy to adjust
Stronger than steel
UV protection becomes issue
New, not time-tested (in use in commercial fishing for about 6 years)
of course people say this about fiberglass...
Investment in new system (deadeyes are expensive)
I have also heard of Vectran being used as standing rigging, because it creeps less.
Who has done this or knows about this? It seems to be a newish idea.
Also, instead of investing in the precourt deadeyes, can you make your own? What kind of hardwood did old ships use for deadeyes?