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Old 06-06-2010, 08:51   #1
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Genoa Sheet Recommendation

I have been asked to recommend a line for genoa sheets for an elderly (almost 90 yo) gentleman. He want's something with a soft hand that doesn't have a tendency to kink. The sheets that he is replacing are 9/16" and the boat is a 30 footer.
Please help me come up with the best material.
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Old 06-06-2010, 09:03   #2
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Trophy Braid, but it only goes up to 1/2 inch.

http://www.samsonrope.com/index.cfm?...rope=97&inst=1

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Perhaps Regatta braid, but it skips from 1/2 to 5/8. I'd think 1/2 would be fine.

http://www.neropes.com/product.aspx?...C&lid=4&pid=20
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The thing that will make a rope kind on the hands is almost certainly diameter, not type of rope (within reason). Larger diameter is easier on the hands.
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Old 07-06-2010, 16:41   #5
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Thank you for your suggestions.
I was also thinking along the lines of spun Dacron or a single braid so you confirmed that for me.

I must say that I'm a little surprised though. I was thinking that more people would have a favorite sheet line.

I really want to make sure that I get something that this gentleman will be happy with. There aren't enough guys still sailing at 88.
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You often have no choice on diameter (one up or down maybe) as this is driven by the boat and the sail area. Especially with self tailing winches. There are some ropes with great hand and fantastic strength (like Endura Braid) but they are expensive. Cost tends to be a big factor. On my boat (50' cutter) I need a strong 14mm and a soft hand. That's a tough find

NE Ropes Sta-Set is usually fine for cruisers and has a decent hand to it but is not a low stretch line. VPC from NE Ropes is a nice mid-range choice with better performance and then you get into the big-bucks. $4.00/ft and higher

What did you end up with?

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Samson MLX is your answer.
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