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Topic Review (Newest First)
01-18-2009 02:17 PM
arf145 Thanks MaineSail. I hear you on the VPC, but we are pretty price conscious right now, so the XLE prices look particularly good.
01-17-2009 12:06 AM
SEMIJim
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Originally Posted by Maine Sail View Post
I still like New England Ropes VPC from Defender and find it to be a tremendous value!!
Hmmm... I wonder if we could use 8mm VPC for our main halyard in place of 3/8" Sta Set or Sta Set X? Have to see if the clutch will work on 8mm line. (I believe so.) Would mean less weight aloft.

Haven't been able to find stretch percentages for those ropes.

Jim
01-16-2009 06:16 PM
Maine Sail
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I'm thinking of getting some Cajun XLE myself, AllThumbs. So, MaineSail, do you consider the XLE to be suitable halyard material for the non-racing coastal cruiser sailor?
Yes it's perfectly fine for cruising. it actually has less stretch than StaSet-X and a much better hand and feel. It also does not pill like StaSet-X.

I still like New England Ropes VPC from Defender and find it to be a tremendous value!!
01-16-2009 06:08 PM
arf145
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I just purchased 300' of 5/16 and 3/8 XLE line for halyards and sheets from cajun and it was a great experience.

Eric
I'm thinking of getting some Cajun XLE myself, AllThumbs. So, MaineSail, do you consider the XLE to be suitable halyard material for the non-racing coastal cruiser sailor?
01-16-2009 08:43 AM
AllThumbs I just purchased 300' of 5/16 and 3/8 XLE line for halyards and sheets from cajun and it was a great experience.

Eric
01-16-2009 02:57 AM
patrickrea
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I mail order from Canada all the time, HMP, ElectroPhysics, Cajun Trading etc.. Why would you not be able to order from Defender?
When you order from Canada you have the dollar exchange working for you. When I order from the US I have to take into account not only the exchange rate but also the fact that I'll be paying an extra 5% in Goods and Services Taxes plus the shipping costs.

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Originally Posted by Maine Sail View Post
If you want an excellent value the Nova-Braid XLE from Cajun Trading Co. (Which is in Nova Scotia) is a tremendous value and he will splice it too!! I highly recommend Cajun Trading!! It is hard to find a better deal on running rigging than Cajun Trading Co.!!

Cajun Trading Co. (LINK)
I discovered Redpoint Ropes from Orillia at the Toronto boat show today. Bought 100' of their version of XLS for only $0.43 a foot. They are the manufacturer but we will see how it works out. Others at the show said they were well liked.
01-15-2009 02:48 PM
poopdeckpappy
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Originally Posted by patrickrea View Post
Maybe I should have mentioned that this boat is 99% cruising.

Look for English Braids Yacht Braid, it's a 100% polyester braid on Braid, has almost the same tensile as Stayset, feels good in your hands and behaves real nice
01-15-2009 01:00 PM
Maine Sail
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Tommays: Maybe I should have mentioned that this boat is 99% cruising. I haven't raced a boat since the 80s. Except for when I am running a channel and there is another boat heading the same way, then everyone thinks they are racing! Although I am thinking of the Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series as a way to race without crew. Looking for can be such grief sometimes.

SD and Maine: Thanks for the comparison. Unfortunately, that pricing doesn't apply to me as I am in Toronto but at least it gives me a comparison.
I mail order from Canada all the time, HMP, ElectroPhysics, Cajun Trading etc.. Why would you not be able to order from Defender?

If you want an excellent value the Nova-Braid XLE from Cajun Trading Co. (Which is in Nova Scotia) is a tremendous value and he will splice it too!! I highly recommend Cajun Trading!! It is hard to find a better deal on running rigging than Cajun Trading Co.!!

Cajun Trading Co. (LINK)
01-15-2009 11:55 AM
NOLAsailing I went with Admiral Dyneema for my halyards. Good stuff - VERY low stretch.

For your sheets you may want to consider 1/2" diameter line. It's easy on the hands and provides more friction for the winches.

I highly recommend NE Ropes Salsa line for the mainsheet.
01-15-2009 11:25 AM
patrickrea Tommays: Maybe I should have mentioned that this boat is 99% cruising. I haven't raced a boat since the 80s. Except for when I am running a channel and there is another boat heading the same way, then everyone thinks they are racing! Although I am thinking of the Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series as a way to race without crew. Looking for can be such grief sometimes.

SD and Maine: Thanks for the comparison. Unfortunately, that pricing doesn't apply to me as I am in Toronto but at least it gives me a comparison.
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