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Re: Mainsheet Salsa

There is a nice line stretch calculator here http://l-36.com/line_stretch.php

It has a number of different types of line and gives you the stretch for the load you have for each one. Wire is very low stretch, more so than amsteel. Helps to see how much a larger or more expensive line changes thing.

Straight Amsteel-blue is the clearly the best in terms of $$ per stretch. Even cheaper lines end up costing more because you need to get a much larger diameter line to have the same stretch.
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Re: Mainsheet Salsa

Tap,

I have a similar chart for breaking strength, and again amsteel comes out the clear winner on a per price basis. Even though its expensive for its size you get so much extra strength you can almost always down size it at least once from other stuff. And with cover splicing you can get whatever size you need on the working end for ease of use.
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