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Old 31-12-2008, 17:07   #1
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We are ready for new jib sheets, and I found some "sta Set X" for a good price.But New England Rope recommends regular sta set rather the sta set X for sheets. Anyone know the difference between the two?
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Stayset X is stiff. On my boat, it would unwind from the self tailing jaws. Totally defeated the selftailing function of the winches. I wouldn't reccomend it.

It does have lower stretch than regular but still couldn't reccomend it at all.

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I don't know sta set from Home Depot but I would recommend a non-stretch that fit your hands and wasn't too slick. You need it more for hand comfort than for any other reason and if it feels good on your hands then it is way more than adequate for strain on the sheets on your size boat.
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Old 31-12-2008, 20:25   #4
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Regular stay set is easier to handle and actually cheaper. X is too stiff for sheets but great if not perfect for halyards. That extra stretch on a jib sheet won't matter, but the poor handling will drive you nuts. The parallel core in X is what makes it so stiff. Just perfect for a halyard under a constant load. Stronger is not always better.

I would think something 7/16 or 1/2 would handle well in the hand and on a winch. 3/8 may be strong enough but may not work so well on a self tailing winch. I would also consider Marlowbraid if you come by it for a good price. I like the feel of it and it is a bit stronger than ordinary double braid.
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Stay Set-x kinks too.

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Regular stay set is easier to handle and actually cheaper. X is too stiff for sheets but great if not perfect for halyards. That extra stretch on a jib sheet won't matter, but the poor handling will drive you nuts. The parallel core in X is what makes it so stiff. Just perfect for a halyard under a constant load. Stronger is not always better.

I would think something 7/16 or 1/2 would handle well in the hand and on a winch. 3/8 may be strong enough but may not work so well on a self tailing winch. I would also consider Marlowbraid if you come by it for a good price. I like the feel of it and it is a bit stronger than ordinary double braid.
He is steering you right. Stayset-x also has a much greater tendency to kink; even on halyards you need to be careful and lay it out for a smooth drop.
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You should consider Samson XLS Extra T or XLS Extra. Good hand, low stretch.
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