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    Posted: 15 Mar 09 at 4:53pm

   The time has come to replace the main halyard on my RS600. I did have excel racing 4mm, but this seemed to stretch with the massive cunningham loads on the 600 even after pre-stretching the halyard. Does anyone know of any other ropes apart from a kevlar one which would do the job better. Is Maffioli - 4mm Evolution 78Race any good?

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Vectran maybe, but rather pricey!

Personally i'd go for the Kevlar or a 2:1 halyard if you're allowed one.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Lukepiewalker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 09 at 7:56pm
Dyneema will always creep, this is particularly noticeable over longer runs such as a halyard.
Vectran is the answer, if you can afford it.
Or a masthead halyard lock.


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Put up with the Kevlar !
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Thanks,  when you say vectran do you mean something like excel V12, will this cleat in the cam cleat? With kevlar how often do you have to cut some of the top off?

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Kevlar has a tendancy to snap without warning.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Lukepiewalker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 09 at 9:24pm
Kevlar not keen on going round corners.
You can get vectran as a 'conventional' covered rope, ie

http://shop.pinbax.com/index.asp?selection=detailed&uid= 10723&itemtitle=Vectran%20(4mm%20Dia)
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Could I recommend cheese wire? It seems to be what we've got for the main halyard on the new mast.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MRJP BUZZ 585 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 09 at 10:48pm
Originally posted by Lukepiewalker

Kevlar not keen on going round corners.
You can get vectran as a 'conventional' covered rope, ie

http://shop.pinbax.com/index.asp?selection=detailed&uid= 10723&itemtitle=Vectran%20(4mm%20Dia)


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