|Piranha Line: Abrasion-resistant line with super low-stretch dyneema. |
String Up Your Sails
I hope you don't have any wire halyards on your boat anymore. Modern halyards have evolved way beyond the days of meathooks and rust stains. The best alternative is line made of Spectra or Dyneema, which stretches less than the 7x19 wire that was once used for halyards. Until recently, all braided lines have shared similar construction characteristics, a strong core inside a protective sheath that added little to the overall strength of the line. At a recent boat show, I met the guys importing Paraloc lines from Europe, R&W Rope Warehouse. In Paraloc's Piranha line, an abrasion-resistant, hand-friendly polyester sheath is woven and interlocked with strong, super-low-stretch Dyneema. This means that halyards won't suffer damage from slippage or heat from friction between the core and sheath when they're left under tension in rope clutches or other cleats. The company also makes low-stretch polyester lines that appeal to the more budget-minded boat owner.
$4 per foot for 7/16-inch Piranha, (508) 995-1114, www.mamutec.com