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Line from commercial marine stores

I was just wondering if replacing some of the less essential parts of my running rigging with the $.50 a foot commercial type double braided line would be ok.

Say for less use or not really high load things like my spinnaker pole up and down.
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Re: Line from commercial marine stores

For just pennies more per foot you can get the real thing:

Cajun Ropes

It's where I shop for running rigging.

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Re: Line from commercial marine stores

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I was just wondering if replacing some of the less essential parts of my running rigging with the $.50 a foot commercial type double braided line would be ok.

Say for less use or not really high load things like my spinnaker pole up and down.
You're not talking about the kind of stuff that Home Depot sells are you?
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Re: Line from commercial marine stores

No not Home Depot. More like stores that sell to commercial fisherman.
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Re: Line from commercial marine stores

That Cajun line is very low quality for the price. It has 50% more stretch than similar priced lines like Samson XLS or NE Ropes Sta-Set.

http://www.novabraid.com/rope/xle_performer.html (that's the Cajun line)
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http://www.samsonrope.com/Pages/Prod...?ProductID=455

Look at the stretch characteristics. Cajun purposefully is very vague in their comparison table to oversell the quality of the line.

If you are still heading towards Seattle and will be here before the end of May then they have all Samson rope for 20% off. That makes XLS 50 cents per foot in a lot of the sizes that you'd need. On your smaller sized boat it's suitable for everything, though I'd probably upgrade to XLS Extra for the halyards.

http://www.fisheriessupply.com/samso...ls-yacht-braid

I just bought some XLS from them for my spinnaker topping lift.

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Re: Line from commercial marine stores

Best way to save is to use higher quality smaller diameter line.

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Re: Line from commercial marine stores

Ok thanks. It didn't feel right. But I've been seeing it around.

How long does rope usually last as say a halyard. I swear mine are looking worse as time goes by.
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try Ebay. Lots of Samson line up to 100 foot lengths cheap!
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Looking worse isn't too big of an issue. You can make them look almost new by washing them.

Actual wear is a concern.

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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.

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