Originally Posted by mlibkind
Climbing ropes are designed to stretch a great deal; they work
as a spring when you fall. So are you telling me that the rope supplied with the Jib'Easy is a very elastic rope? If so, where can I verify this information?
Yes the rope is stretchy, a lot in fact. Talk directly to Wichard or someone that supplies their products, am sure they will tell you the same.
If you think of the job it does, the line will stretch on the gybe, then start to run through the gybe easy, the line will un-stretch, then at the end of the gybe the boom stops and the line stretches a little again. All designed to be forgiving on the boom hardware
How do I know all this? I had an older style boom brake
on a profurl boom furler
, one gybe in 30 knots and the brake failed/jammed the boom amidships and caused years of headaches, continually fixing the boom.
I now have the gybe-easy, never a problem.
Another great benefit is in light winds, the boom doesn't bang around, just moves slightly on the line stretch.