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Need a new jib halyard. What kind?

Looking for some suggestions for jib halyard line. I know I need high strength and low stretch and low creep. I'll probably do my main halyard as well. I have a furler so sail changes are like once a month if that but the main halyard obviously will get alot more usage. Thanks!

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Re: Need a new jib halyard. What kind?

I like the double-braided Dyneema from New England Ropes. It's nice and easy on the hands and very low stretch.
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Re: Need a new jib halyard. What kind?

In a recent thread, I asked the same question..in a round about way
Seems the consensus is to go w/ one of the new, super-lines..Dyneema or Amsteel. If your sheaves will support bigger line, recommended (for my usage) was VPC, which would need no sheath at the winch drum. Naturally, all should be sized to your needs.

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recommendations for halyard attachment??
about mid-page 2 and on, IIRC

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Re: Need a new jib halyard. What kind?

If you want to do some splicing then look up the double braid to amsteel splice on l-36.com and do it. It is a pretty easy splice and will make you an inexpensive, light, low stretch halyard. You have double braid for the portion that goes through the cleat or clutch, and amsteel for the working portion.

If you want to save time and can't go too crazy on the budget then Samson XLS Extra (not basic XLS) and New England VPC are the low budget low stretch lines.

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