Jerr - Shipwright, rigger
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Los Angeles (Marina del Rey)
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Kiltmadoc - Sailingdog has an excellent response in regard to Sta-Set X. Because its polyester core is not as strong as Warpspeed's SK-75's fibers, there are many more fibers needed and so a given diameter of Warpspeed is stronger, as well as more supple - It's this ease of handling that really sets Warpspeed apart, in my estimation: It's just a pleasure to use. There are many competitive ropes to Warpspeed and I mention it because it's relatively affordable, amazingly tough and easy to handle. Sta-Set is an entirely different rope to Sta-Set X and the X is made for halyards and not advisable for sheets, as it's not very supple and the tight inner core easily retains twist (Use butterfly coils when handling it - Actually, use butterfly coils everywhere - You'll be amazed at the many advantages.).
We're straying from the topic a bit but while cruising, I've met a few genuinely skilled performance sailors and almost everyone else claims they are, regardless of skill or inclination: Sailing skills in general are quite low and education has shifted subtly to rules from seamanship. I'm similarly, slightly cursed with my rigging movie because very few will admit to a need for the knowledge in it but once seen, everyone raves about how much they've learned and enjoyed it. The best sailors I've sailed with have been open-minded and wanted to learn from me, regardless of their vastly deeper knowledge. I think that's how they have gained it and sadly, have found them to be a small minority.
I'm a shipwright, rigger and professional sailor, in business as My Boat Works, in Los Angeles. I also make super quality, High-Definition instructional boating movies! I'm here to give my expertise to boaters, as I was helped. It's my pleasure to help you enjoy activities I love so. Cheers! - Jerr