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Re: Can I use arborist rope for halyards and sheets?
I'll take a smaller diam dyneema based rope, same strength, less stretch than a sta-set. Many times there is not much difference, if saying comparing 1/2" sta-set to a 3/8" dyneema cored line. With 1/4 the stretch. So when the wind pipes up, you do not have to haul in the main or jib halyard 3". maybe an inch if at all! Same with the sheets, a gust gives you speed, no heel to less heel, because the line does not stretch as much, taking the shape out of the sail.
Along with, on light wind days, the smaller diam line allows the clew to fly a bit because the wt of the bigger diam line is not holding it down, so you can get better shape out of the sail, to sail in light winds vs turning on the iron genny, or drifting backwards.......
My 02 on the subject, not that one paid for this!
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