tonyquoll Posted November 12, 2012 Report Share Posted November 12, 2012 Seeking advice on what type of rope to use for a mainsheet. On my Paper Tiger I use 8mm spectra, because that's what the boat came with, and it works OK. On my Laser I have 8mm "32-double braid polyester". Problem with it, is that it doesn't run through the blocks very well and drags in the water. A 6mm main is suggested. Dad's Nacra 14square has an 8:1 pulley system with an 8mm rope, and similar problem that it doesn't run through the blocks and the sail has to be pushed out, rather than just let out. When the rope was new, it often got all spiralled and twisted. Browsing a few sources, I see people recommending - Spectra; polyster wrap around High Molecular Density Polyethylene, - Rooster: Polyester Cover w/ a Polypropylene Core: http://www.roostersailing.com.au/tangle-free-mainsheet-xidc26674.html - Bzzz line, a combination of spun polyester and multi-filiment polypropylene: http://www.neropes.com/product.aspx?mid=FBAE29336C3B26FE710A6F20A0FF186C&lid=3&pid=12 - cheap polyester braid - singe braid (no cover) lines, "such as Yale Conception, Maffioli Swiftcord, and Robline Racing Sheet" - Robline is "Hollow-fiber plait of impregnated Polyamide and Dyneema SK75" http://www.ronstan.com.au/marine5/product.asp?ProdNo=RS-6BLUC#info - Maffioli appears to be a double braid, with dyneena + "no slip fibre" wrap around dyneema + polypropelene core - search for Yale conception produces results WAY off topic Has anyone good or bad experience with one of these, or recommendations? Also wondering if anyone recommends a method for softening a rope that has gone all stiff from being used in salt all season and never washed? Was thinking maybe hand-wash in a bucket with fabric softener? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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