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Line Stiffness

Thanks all for your replies to my question regarding replacing halyards, it has reinforced my tendency to be as cautious as possible.
I ordered some Sta Set X to use as new jib sheets & I was curious as to it''s stiffness. It appears too stiff for some apps. to me so I plan to use the X for halyards and regular Sta Set for mainsheet & traveller due to more flexibility & the extra 1% stretch will not be a factor for cruising boat. Is this current practice or will the Sta Set X "relax" in use ? I know the new ropes we use for rope rescue practices is VERY stiff and stays that way forever.
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Line Stiffness

You''ll likely find that anything will "relax" with use. The more flexible line will simply be easier to use for the sheets, since it has to be handled more than the halyard does. (You hoist the halyard once a trip. You may tack fify times.) If your Sta-set X has sufficient diameter it may stretch less than an old wire halyard AND be a lot easier on the hands. More than likely, the new halyard will be strong enough to hoist the boat out of the water if you wanted to. Happy sails!
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Sta-set X will be stiff for a little while, but the nice thing is it will not knot or kink up as easly like when trying to go thru the blocks.

To soften up the new stuff, soak it in a woolite solution then rinse it out. It helps a bit. Feels better on the hands too.
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