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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. 


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  • 6mm Marlow Excel Racing

    6mm Marlow Excel Racing

    Marlow Ropes
    $1.60
    Marlow Excel Racing is one of our favorite go to options for dinghy control lines and even halyards. It features a color matched Dyneema SK-78 core for low stretch with a 16 plait cover for improved abrasion resistance and durability. It also can...
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  • 8mm Maffioli Swiftcord

    8mm Maffioli Swiftcord

    Kingfisher Yacht Ropes

    $1.98
    Gottifredi Maffioli Swiftcord from Kingfisher Ropes is lightweight, strong, durable, comfortable to hold in your hands. Made popular by Olympic dinghy sailors, Swiftcord is a favorite among many active sailors. It is a hollow braid construction with an...
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  • 7mm Maffioli Swiftcord

    7mm Maffioli Swiftcord

    Kingfisher Yacht Ropes
    $1.60
    Gottifredi Maffioli Swiftcord from Kingfisher Ropes is lightweight, strong, durable, comfortable to hold in your hands. Made popular by Olympic dinghy sailors, Swiftcord is a favorite among many active sailors. It is a hollow braid construction with an...
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  • 6mm Maffioli Swiftcord

    6mm Maffioli Swiftcord

    Kingfisher Yacht Ropes
    $1.17
    Gottifredi Maffioli Swiftcord from Kingfisher Ropes is lightweight, strong, durable, comfortable to hold in your hands. Made popular by Olympic dinghy sailors, Swiftcord is a favorite among many active sailors. It is a hollow braid construction with an...
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  • 2.5mm Robline Ocean 3000 Dyneema Line (Grey)

    2.5mm Robline Ocean 3000 Dyneema Line (Grey)

    Robline
    $0.46
    Ocean 3000 from Robline is a high-performance 12-strand single braid line made of 100% Dyneema fiber. It offers a high strength-to-weight ratio (stronger than steel) with very low stretch. High abrasion and cut resistance and it even floats. Recommended...
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  • 4mm Robline Coppa 5000 Line 4mm Robline Coppa 5000 Line

    4mm Robline Coppa 5000 Line

    Robline
    $1.03
    Robline Coppa 5000 is a great high performance line for sheeting on larger dinghies and keelboats. It has a Dyneema SK-78 core and provided with a 24-plait cover for easy splicing and stripping. It is ideal for applications where minimum stretch and...
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  • 5mm Robline Dinghy PolyTech

    5mm Robline Dinghy PolyTech

    Robline
    $2.25
    The Dinghy PolyTech from Robline is an easy-to-splice control line with a Technora cover and is ideally suited for use on skiffs and dinghies. This is our line of choice in our upgraded ILCA control systems and other dinghy controls...
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  • 4mm Robline Dinghy PolyTech

    4mm Robline Dinghy PolyTech

    Robline
    $1.18
    The Dinghy PolyTech from Robline is an easy-to-splice control line with a Technora cover and is ideally suited for use on skiffs and dinghies. This is our line of choice in our upgraded ILCA control systems and other dinghy controls...
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    $1.18
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  • New England Ropes Nexus Pro

    7mm New England Ropes Nexus Pro

    New England Ropes
    $1.99
    Nexus Pro by New England Ropes has been developed in cooperation top sailors. Nexus Pro has a durable, lightweight cover that offers excellent grip and holding power. The core is pure Dyneema for ultra-strength and low-stretch. Colors: Blue,...
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  • 6mm Kingfisher Float Line

    6mm Kingfisher Float Line

    Kingfisher Yacht Ropes
    $0.40
    Float Line from Kingfisher is the ideal floating bowline material. The braided multi-filament Polypropylene rope with no core is made from bright colors for high visibility, floats and is an ideal safety rope. 16 Plaint construction Multi-filament...
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  • 5mm Kingfisher Evo Race 78 5mm Kingfisher Evo Race 78

    5mm Kingfisher Evo Race 78

    Kingfisher Yacht Ropes
    $1.13
    Evolution Race 78 from Kingfisher has a high performance Dyneema SK78 12 strand coated core that is high strength, low stretch and low creep. It has a hard wearing HT braided Polyester cover and is easy to splice. Diameter - 5mm (3/16 inch) Core...
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  • 4mm Kingfisher Evo Race 78 4mm Kingfisher Evo Race 78

    4mm Kingfisher Evo Race 78

    Kingfisher Yacht Ropes
    $0.79
    Evolution Race 78 from Kingfisher has a high performance Dyneema SK78 12 strand coated core that is high strength, low stretch and low creep. It has a hard wearing HT braided Polyester cover and is easy to splice. Diameter - 4mm Core - 12 Strand...
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  • 3mm Kingfisher Evo Race 78 3mm Kingfisher Evo Race 78

    3mm Kingfisher Evo Race 78

    Kingfisher Yacht Ropes
    $0.50
    Evolution Race 78 from Kingfisher has a high performance Dyneema SK78 12 strand coated core that is high strength, low stretch and low creep. It has a hard wearing HT braided Polyester cover and is easy to splice. Diameter - 3mm Core - 12 Strand...
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  • 10mm Kingfisher Matte Polyester 10mm Kingfisher Matte Polyester

    10mm Kingfisher Matte Polyester

    Kingfisher Yacht Ropes
    $0.92
    Matte Polyester from Kingfisher is a soft polyester braid on braid with a high grip staple polyester cover. It is ideal for sheets, control lines and classic rigging, and super comfortable in the hand. Diameter - 10mm Core - Polyester Cover...
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  • 8mm Kingfisher Matte Polyester 8mm Kingfisher Matte Polyester

    8mm Kingfisher Matte Polyester

    Kingfisher Yacht Ropes
    $0.68
    Matte Polyester from Kingfisher is a soft polyester braid on braid with a high grip staple polyester cover. It is ideal for sheets, control lines and classic rigging, and super comfortable in the hand. Diameter - 8mm Core - Polyester Cover -...
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  • 8mm Kingfisher Evo Sheet 8mm Kingfisher Evo Sheet

    8mm Kingfisher Evo Sheet

    Kingfisher Yacht Ropes
    $0.78
    Evolution Sheet from Kingfisher has a braided HT Polyester cover and lightweight braided multi-filament Polypropylene core. This construction gives added abrasion resistance and is still very flexible, lightweight and strong.  Diameter - 8mm...
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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.

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