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I guess we can asume that you''re talking about older line. Generally, nylon has more stretch/elasticity. However, as it ages it gets stiffer and it becomes harder to tell - especially with less expensive "non-marine" cordage.

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New boat with a stash of old double braid line. Some of it appers to be in decent shape. I have some uses for both materials.
 

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Chances are that,if it is double braid,it is dacron. Although, there are some manufacturers that make dock lines that are braided. Also, if the diameter is less than 7/16" or so, the lines are probably old dacron sheets, halyards or control lines. Of course, the size of your boat also matters. Its still pretty hard to generalize without seeing them.
 
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