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Re: Running rigging madness
When I replaced my lines, I got rid of ALL sta-set and went with Sampsons XLS extra. Same sizes, some I went smaller as it is about 50% stronger diam for diam, Stretch at 30% for the xls is .8%, the staset stretched 4% at 20% IIRC the stretch specs. Cost for the upgrade was 170-200% of the cost s staset. XLS does have a dynema core, does not hold as much water when wet. Handles fine etc. When the breeze pipes up, there is no having to constantly adjust the lines, as they do not stretch as much etc.
The XLS also come is a very noticable color options. As such, I have the white with blue for the main halyard, sheet, red and blue for jib sheets/halyards, Green and blue for the spin gear. other lines for the main are blue, red for the jib and green oriented for the spin. I do have the starboar jib halyard green, vs the port being red. They do go to opposite sides of the cabin top.
I do have some staset equal for what I would call lower load bearing items, but even then, I try for dynema due to the lower sponge part of the equation vs staset. I guess grabbing wetter lines is not my cup of tea.
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Last edited by blt2ski; 03-31-2012 at 02:42 PM.