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Re: Line from commercial marine stores
Forgive me Father Neptune, for I have sinned.
While rigging my second Catalina 18, I found that the boat didn't have sheet block tracks for the 135-150 Genoa. The boat was set up for a working jib with short tracks and winches on the coachroof. I had two spare blocks, so I rigged up pennants from the stern rail. They were about 2 feet long and put the blocks about where I wanted them. I used some Home Depot line 'just for now' because I wanted to sail. Well, fast forward about 14 months, I'm off the coast of York, ME and one of the pennants let go. It had become UV rotted in that short time (and it was under cover all winter). During the post mortem, my hands got lots of dust the same color as the braided jacket.
I don't even keep cheap line on my boat anymore. It's just not worth it.
I know the OP was asking about line for commercial fishing; I just wanted to caution others about cheap line. It can be absolute crap.
1978 Bristol 29.9 #122
Testing a mother's love since 1962
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