I'm about to buy a significant amount of new cordage, and I don't want to repeat previous mistakes
When I rerigged two years ago I let Spencer Rigging
in Cowes choose the cordage for that part of the running rigging
which I replaced then, and it was all very disappointing. The polyester double braid came from Marlowe Ropes, and it is significantly less densely built than the original ropes from Moody, and much less pleasant to handle. The Dyneema
halyards, with polyester sheath, are so loosely made that they feel like a rope
inside a tube. I hate the way they feel, especially considering the vast cost of them.
Now for new sails
I have to replace my yankee sheets
, and it's time to replace the mainsheet, which has swollen with time so that it starts to stick in the clutch
My old yankee sheets
, although they have nearly 20,000 miles and fraying and nicked here and there, have a wonderful hand, are soft and flexible but very densely woven. They are fat 16mm double braid.
Someone suggested that Moody used to get their cordage from English
Braids. I think the company has changed hands since then, but maybe worth a try?
Does anyone have any recommendations for really quality cordage, available over here? Sailing involves almost constant handling of ropes; for them to be of poor quality will so much spoil the tactile enjoyment.