Originally Posted by wlearl
I've been through this thread with some interest. In a way, the discussion is an allegory for a lot of the tradeoffs on boats as well as other aspects of life. It seems that the latest/greatest materials may have some advantage but the unintended side effects could outweigh them. Stretch...this seems kind of important, not too much not too little. And what about human comfort? I'm not sure that I want to be hauling on a 3 mm slick halyard
when I'm trying to raise a sail. So maybe the dollar cost and other aspects outweigh the weight and space savings on some of the more modern materials applications.
I'm far from a luddite but I do occasionally wonder if we don't get into a gottahave mode when new things come out.
I'll be replacing a spinnaker halyard
and now I think I'll just go with a good 3/8 polyester. Easy to use and not too expensive, for a boat part!
I understand what you are saying...it is why so much of this stuff goes to racing
boats and the cruising boats miss out often I think.
As far as stretch goes. I am planning to haul it up and not have to put so much effort in the last inch to get it too taught. Then it should be no worries abut it stretching in a puff...:-)
And I do definetly not want to be hauling a 3mm line to raise a sail. That is what the tail is for. Easy....nice and easy.
But you are right, so much of this is beyond what it takes to go out on the water
and have a good time. I enjoy the new ropes a lot. There is just so many things we can replace withghtis stuff and it takes the weight and corrosion
etc. off on much of it.