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Dyneema et al changed the rules

Time was when any kind of line had too much stretch to use as halyards, and all halyards were wire, or a wire/rope splice. But the advent of new fibers in ultra high strength low sketch lines has really changed things. I'm still coming to grips with it - all the rigging newer race boats looks way to delicate to me, but apparently its plenty strong, easy to splice, very low stretch and low weight. Then we get into things like casings added to small diameter high strength line to make it easier to handle, to cut down heat, etc... and I realize that nothing is forever, this is a sport with a great deal of evolution behind us and even more ahead of us too.
 
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