cosmicsedso

Best 8mm rope for performance oriented mainsheet

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Looking for suggestions.

Buying a whole roll or two of 8mm to outfit a small fleet.

Totally performance oriented.

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single braid or double braid? Does it need to be splice-able? 

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For a fleet mainsheet: Rooster if money doesn't matter, New England Buzz if it does.

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9 hours ago, RImike said:

single braid or double braid? Does it need to be splice-able? 

Whats better? Single or double braid?

No splicing required.

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9 hours ago, Looper said:

For a fleet mainsheet: Rooster if money doesn't matter, New England Buzz if it does.

Cheers mate. I had never heard of Rooster. It seems to be the go

 

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11 hours ago, knobblyoldjimbo said:

I use this :  https://www.donaghys.com/rope-and-cordage/products/leisure-marine/dinghy-line/dinghy-light

It's 7/16" so just a smidge under 8mm which means that it runs through my Harken triple block (8mm won't run through it!).

It's not exy either.

5/16  is close to 8mm

7/16 is near 11mm

 

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10 hours ago, Dex Sawash said:

5/16  is close to 8mm

7/16 is near 11mm

 

Must be 5/16 sorry - it's been so long since I used Imperial.

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I'm a mechanic,  I use the wrong wrenches every day.

9/32= 7mm

5/16= 8mm

7/16= 11mm

1/2 might work on 13mm

9/16 might work on 14mm

5/8 =16mm

11/16 might work for 17mm

3/4 = 19mm

13/16 =21mm

7/8 =22 mm

15/16= 24mm

 

 

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On Lasers the sheet is really long and can get into 'interesting' knots. Because Rooster rope has less of tendency to kink, it is preferred by many Laser sailors. It also lasts a long time and doesn't pick up water. The latter is important in a 'wet' boat like the Laser.

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After lots of consideration and comparison, I bought a spool of Robline racing sheet because I really like how it handles and feels. It is a lot like mafioli but has a closer weave 

i think the 8mm is about perfect and I have made mainsheets so far for these boats Ensigns, J-22, J-24, Pearson 26, 470, Flying Scot, Harpoon 5.2

i think the 9mm feels great but I think itbis just a little too fat for those applications. 

I think the 8mm is just a little too fat for a Laser mainsheet but the did  rig my “go for rides” boat with the line to see whether I actually like it. 

My race boat Laser has had Bzzz line since about 2001

 

i  stock Bzzz for Lasers and Sunfish as I think it is about perfect 

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Oh yes... 

If absolute performance is less of a consideration than durability, 

samson xls is the line I stock for every purpose. If a sailor wants a great hunk of rope  that will last, Samson  xls  seems to outlast every other line.  I put it on as halyards, main and jibbsheets, and various control lines. 

Example: I replaced the lines on the local yacht club mast hoists in 2009. I used solid red Samson xls as the lines that raise and lower the crane and green on the block and tackle that lifts the masts. 

They are in the sun all day and the wind whenever it blows. 

The lines have certainly faded a bit but I dont think we need to budget for new line this year or in 2019. 

 

 

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20 hours ago, duncan (the other one) said:

does this rope need to handle big loads (cat), or is it a 3:1 (for example) skiff sheet?

2:1 dinghy mainsheet

No tangles is the priority

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2 hours ago, cosmicsedso said:

2:1 dinghy mainsheet

No tangles is the priority

Rooster if you don’t want tangles, although I think they only make 6mm and 7mm. I like  really skinny main sheets, so I use the 6mm pretty much everywhere (420s, 29er, laser)

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I hate skinny mainsheets and I'm a serious tightwad, so I made my own by jacketing cheap nylon ski rope in double-braid cover.  Cover-only for the tail that doesn't see any load (when main eased)

 

It seems to be a remarkably tangle-free solution.

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Marlow Excel Fusion 78 is strong light and strippable. Great line for main sheet on dinghies, just keep it away from UV when not in use. Other options are, either FSE Racing Sheet or Alpha SSR, the latter is a single braid and excellent in  the hand.

Rooster is awesome as well, but they do 7mm and 9mm ,.not 8mm.

We stock them all.

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22 hours ago, inebriated said:

just

get

liros

Where do you get yours from?

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Just now, cosmicsedso said:

Where do you get yours from?

you can order online i'm pretty sure

i get mine from skiffgearonline, but i think they only work out of perth

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