GMac once whispered in the wind:
In actual use Dyneema and Spectra can be regarded as the same thing.
Fully agree with the Vectran and still struggle to see why people use Spec/Dyn on main/headsail halyards. Vectran for me.
PBO, we did some work with one of the AC syndicates and watched some halyards being load tested. Such tiny rope for such massive loads, quite astounding. Mind you the $$$'s they spent on a couple of ropes would buy most of us a very nice complete yacht.
Weyalan - Most resonable rigging outfits would do deals on big quantities. The down side of buying A whole reel is all ya ropes are the same colour.
I'm guessing your in the land of the Roo (or as we call it "The Spring Loaded Rat", in that nice trans tazzie way we do :-) ), if you want some good rope deals give me a PM and I'll put you onto a bloke who makes very nice ropes up Brizzy way. Good prices without buying whole reels. He will mention Rugby though so be ready for that and he supports that team dressed in Black :-)
Sail safe all
Generally, the most common reason for using Spectra, or even double braid for halyards as opposed to Vectran is simple price
. Vectran is more expensive than Spectra and Spectra is a heap more expensive than double braid. If you aren't racing
then the extra performace gained from using Vectran (or even Spectra) may not be worth the extra dollars, especially if you have a tallish rig with 2 x headsail halyards and 2 x main halyards, for example, not to mention 2 x kite halyards (which are actually fine with standard doupble braid becaus halyard
tension is not an issue).
Personally I don't mind too much if all the halyards are of a similar colour - a small plastic coloured bauble at the clip end of headsail and genoa
halyards (and topping lift) makes for easy identification at the mast
or bow, while decent labelling or memory makes the cockpit
end pretty easy.
I am based in Tasmania, so freight costs from Queensland
might make your friend's prices slightly less competetive. I actually work in a marine
associated industry (I design liferafts etc. for a living) so I can often get discounts either as "mates rates" or by ordering through work, but thanks for the offer. I would have no problem talking Rugby; although I live in Tassie, I spent most of my life in Scotland
, who haven't been any good since the early 80's!