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All tied up in ropes - AY looks at new developments in cordage - My Sailing

Most lines used in handling sailing boats these days are braided synthetics. THE EXOTIC rope materials only found on grand prix boats two or three years ago, are filtering down to club racer. As rope manufacturers introduce new products to the top end of the market, the exotics are gradually becoming more affordable and offer good value for money with better longevity as well as their advantages of reduced line sizes and weight-savings. Veteran Yachting author, Bob Ross takes a look at new high-tech rope products for the club racer. High-strength, low-stretch, light, durable Spectra/Dyneema and the even more high-tech Vectran are to be found in the running rigging on cruiser-racers where once polyester double-braid was the standard rope. Source: