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Shop Line by Type (material / fabric), including double and single braid, polyester, dyneema core, and more. Use the LINE TYPE filter selection to see available line options in the right type (material / fabric) for your specific application.

Shop Sailboat Line by Type - Polyester, Dyneema, Technora, & More

Line has come a long way in the past few decades, and current options offer great value and performance. We offer a variety of high tech Lines, which generally feature a non-stretch core for strength, durable cruising lines, which are typically polyester and less expensive but still strong and durable, or Dyneema, Spectra, & Vectran for non-stretch control line, halyard, and sheet applications. Shockcord bungee and floating Polypropylene also available. Scroll down this page for recommendations for line material based on your boat size and application.


Line Fiber Type / Material Guide

Line Type   Stretch   Absorption Resistance Floatability Abrasion/Chafe UV Resistance     Creep       Hand Feel  
Polypropylene  Fair  Excellent  Excellent  Poor  Poor Poor Fair 
Polyester  Poor Poor  Poor  Excellent  Excellent Poor  Good 
Technora  Excellent Poor   Fair Excellent Poor Good  Good 
Dyneema/Spectra  Good  Good  Good Good  Good Fair  Good 
Vectran  Excellent Fair   Fair  Poor Poor Excellent  Fair 
Cordura  Good  Good Good  Excellent  Good Fair Excellent 

Line Application Guide - Dinghy

Dinghy

Polyester &
Polypropylene

Polyester
Double Braid

Dyneema Blended
Single Braid
Dyneema Blended
Double Braid
Blended Core
Double Braid
Dyneema Core
Double Braid
Vectran Core
Double Braid
 
Main Halyard         Good Better Best
Jib/Genoa Halyard         Good Better Best
Spinnaker Halyard         Good Better  
Mainsheet Good   Best Best      
Jib/Genoa Sheet Good   Best Best      
Spinnaker Sheet Good   Best Best      
Control Lines     Better     Better  

Line Application Guide - Racing

Racing

Polyester &
Polypropylene

Polyester
Double Braid

Dyneema Blended
Single Braid
Dyneema Blended
Double Braid
Blended Core
Double Braid
Dyneema Core
Double Braid
Vectran Core
Double Braid
 
Main Halyard         Good Better Best
Jib/Genoa Halyard         Good Better Best
Spinnaker Halyard         Good Best  
Mainsheet Good   Best Better Good Best  
Jib/Genoa Sheet         Good Best  
Spinnaker Sheet     Better Best Good Best  
Control Lines    Good Better Better Good Best  

Line Application Guide - Performance Cruising

Performance
Cruising

Polyester &
Polypropylene

Polyester
Double Braid

Dyneema Blended
Single Braid
Dyneema Blended
Double Braid
Blended Core
Double Braid
Dyneema Core
Double Braid
Vectran Core
Double Braid
 
Main Halyard    Good     Better Better Best
Jib/Genoa Halyard   Good     Better Better Best
Spinnaker Halyard   Good     Better Best  
Mainsheet Good Good Better   Better Best  
Jib/Genoa Sheet Good Good     Better Best  
Spinnaker Sheet Good Good     Better Best  
Control Lines Good Good Better   Better  Better  

Double Braid vs Single Braid

Two terms you will often see in line descriptions are 'double braid' and 'single braid', which refer to the way the line is constructed. At the most basic level, a double braid line has a cover and a core whereas a single braid does not, but there are other important distinctions to consider when making a line selection.

Single Braids are made up of either 8 or 12 strands that are braided into a circular pattern, half clockwise and half counter clockwise. This produces a line that is supple, absorbs twists, and tends not to kink. There are two types of single braid lines: performance single braids and polyester/blended single braids. Performance single braids are made from fibers with very low stretch and designed to handle extreme loads - think Dyneema, Spectra, or Vectran. Polyester/blended single braids, sometimes called hollow braid, are soft and easy to grip, built for sheets and hand-adjusted control lines. These are less common than performance single braid lines but recommended in a few specific applications.

Double Braids, sometimes called braid on braid, have a braided core within a braided outer jacket or cover. This creates a strong, durable, smooth-running line that is easy to handle. Double braids are used for the vast majority of all running rigging on sailboats including sheets, halyards and control lines for both cruising or racing. There are two types to consider: polyester double braids and high-tech double braids. Polyester double braids, found most commonly on recreational and cruising sailboats, have a polyester cover with polyester core. These are low maintenance, affordable, and long-lasting, while offering relatively low stretch and high working loads. For additional strength and minimal stretch, consider high-tech double braids. These lines typically feature a Dyneema or Spectra core (non-stretch) inside a polyester or polyester/dyneema blend cover for additional durability. They are more expensive but often the go to choice for high performance racing boats.