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Rope, what the....

I need halyards and sheets. Looking online there is way too much selection and the prices varies like crazy.

I just need some freaking rope. Can anyone recommend an apropriate rope type for halyards? I have a 20 foot boat. It's old and slow. I don't race. I just want to sail. I don't have a million dollars, but I will spend $100.00 on a each halyard if that is what it takes. Just wondering if that is indeed what it takes.

How about sheets for main and genoa? I don't suppose any rope from the hardware store is appropriate? I found some nice (looking) Nylon braided rope at my local TSC store that looks just like the sheets that my boat has on it now. Easy on the hands too.

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For Docklines - stretchy rope - ie Nylon

For Halyards & sheets, not so stretchy rope - come by many different trade names

yale has a product selector and separates it out by boat size & use (ie cruising vs. racing)

Pleasure Marine - Yale Cordage

New England Ropes also has a selector

New England Ropes - Pleasure Marine

Basically find the least expensive not so stretchy rope.

Hope that helps

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StaSet, 5/16", what ever colors you want. You don't want nylon rope for your running or standing rigging, you want a polyester double braid at a minimum. Anything thinner than 5/16" is going to be hard on the hands... you could possibly go 3/8" but you'd need to check the sheaves on the mast to make sure it can handle the thicker line.

If you want relatively low stretch halyards at a good price, get Sta-SetX, which is a parallel polyester core, polyester cover rope with much lower stretch than a double braid and a bit better strength. Don't use it for sheets, since it sucks for sheets, as it is too stiff.
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The sheaves for halyards will do up to 1/2". Sheaves to 3/8" for main sheets, up to 1/2" for foresail.

I am thinking 5/16 for halyards, 3/8" for sheets. I am considering this rope for everything: Cajun Trading Company, commercial and pleasure marine cordage rope products, Boating and Yachting Supplies (this was recommended by a sailnet user of like mind via PM)

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They're not too bad... I have a local company here that I deal with that has much better prices, but they don't ship. Earlier this year they had 10mm T900 for less than $2.00 / ft., and only charge $10 per splice.
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The link I provided was only $0.51 a foot for 10 mm (3/8") rope...
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I just drove by the West Marine Outlet store and picked up 280' of 3/8 Sta-Set for $00.14 a ft. 5/16 was $00.11 also picked up 200' of 5/8 anchor rode with stainless thimble for $54.00 along with a few other goodies I didn't need.
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T900 is a spectra/dyneema core line, similar to their Spectra Lines, which are $1.83 a foot currently. However, T900 is from a major manufacturer and about 30% stronger than their product.
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I need halyards and sheets. Looking online there is way too much selection and the prices varies like crazy.

I just need some freaking rope. Can anyone recommend an apropriate rope type for halyards? I have a 20 foot boat. It's old and slow. I don't race. I just want to sail. I don't have a million dollars, but I will spend $100.00 on a each halyard if that is what it takes. Just wondering if that is indeed what it takes.

How about sheets for main and genoa? I don't suppose any rope from the hardware store is appropriate? I found some nice (looking) Nylon braided rope at my local TSC store that looks just like the sheets that my boat has on it now. Easy on the hands too.

Thanks, Eric
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