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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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  • 5mm Spectra Line

    5mm Samson Amsteel-Blue Dyneema Line

    Samson

    $1.20
    Amsteel Blue from Samson 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 thanks to a Samthane coating...
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  • mm Samson Validator 12 Vectran Line

    5mm Samson Validator 12 Vectran Line

    Samson
    $1.73
    This 5mm Samson Vectran line is made from Validator-12, constructed of Vectran® fibers, the second strongest rope in the Samson line. A LCP (liquid crystal polymer) fiber, Vectran exhibits high strength, excellent creep and abrasion resistance,...
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  • 5mm Shockcord

    5mm Shockcord

    Novabraid
    $0.36
    Shockcord (sometimes called bungee) is a stretchy line used in a variety of sailboat applications including inhauls, daggerboard retainer, or as a tensioner for hiking strap lines. This premium 5mm shock cord offer superior protection against abrasion...
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  • 8mm Polypropylene Line

    8mm Polypropylene Line

    Novabraid
    $0.45
    The polypropylene line is a multipurpose line that can be used for a variety of things from bow lines to dock lines. Because of its large diameter, and flotation, this line is great for general purpose around the water. Lightweight floating...
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  • 5mm Polypropylene Line

    5mm Polypropylene Line

    R&W Marine Cordage
    $0.33
    The polypropylene line is a multipurpose line that can be used for a variety of things from bow lines to dock lines. Because of its large diameter, and flotation, this line is great for general purpose around the water. Lightweight floating line General...
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  • 5.5mm Robline Coppa 5000 Line Red 5.5mm Robline Coppa 5000 Line Blue

    5.5mm Robline Coppa 5000 Line

    Robline
    $1.28
    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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  • 6mm Alpha SSR Line

    6mm Alpha SSR Line

    Alpha Ropes
    $1.17
    6mm SSR from Alpha Ropes is a perfect larger diameter sail control line or sheet on small boats and designed with Olympic racers in mind. A single braid blend of Spectra and Cordura makes this line both durable and soft in the hand. Very similar to...
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  • 6mm Marlow PreStretch Line

    6mm Marlow PreStretch Line

    Marlow Ropes
    $0.65
    6mm Marlow PreStretch is a 100% polyester single braid line that is pre-stretched to improve strength and reduce elongation. It cleats very well and has great abrasion resistance. A great option for any small sailboat halyard or control line applications...
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  • 6mm Polypropylene Line

    6mm Polypropylene Line

    R&W Marine Cordage
    $0.36
    This polypropylene line is perfect for small boat bow lines and is the perfect choice for Optis and other small prams. Lightweight, floats, and sturdy enough for towing. Lightweight floating line General purpose line Sold by the foot
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  • 6mm Robline Admiral 5000 Line Blue 6mm Robline Admiral 5000 Line Green

    6mm Robline Admiral 5000 Line

    Robline
    $1.13
    Robline Admiral 5000 is an allround rope that is easy to splice and taper while offering highest breaking load values at the same time. Recommended for halyards on larger boards where low stretch is required. Admiral 5000 is made for sailors and...
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  • 6mm Robline Dinghy Control Line

    6mm Robline Dinghy Control Line

    Robline
    $1.46
    Dinghy Control Line from Robline is a great all around high-tech control line with Dyneema® SK78 core. This 6mm version is ideal for all kinds of applications where you need the strength of a low-stretch core with the durability of a cover, such as...
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  • 6mm Robline Dinghy Sheet XL

    6mm Robline Dinghy Sheet XL Line

    Robline
    $0.58
    Dinghy Sheet XL from Robline was designed specifically to avoid kinks in a small boat applications such as main or jib sheets. This line offers good grip and abrasion resistance while keeping a round shape under load. The polyester/polyamide blend cover...
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  • 6mm Robline Orion 300 Line Green 6mm Robline Orion 300 Line Red

    6mm Robline Orion 300 Line

    Robline
    $0.46
    Robline Orion 300 is a versatile all-round rope featuring a traditional design. Its high UV resistance, longevity, and great ease of handling make this product a benchmark for many recreational and cruising applications. The soft hand and durable...
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  • 6mm Rooster Polilite Line

    6mm Rooster Polilite Line

    Rooster Sailing

    $0.74
    Rooster Polilite line was designed specifically for the headache of dealing with a tangled Laser mainsheet. This line is strong, prevents tangles, and has minimal water absorption - perfect as a mainsheet on a Laser or any number of other boats! This 6...
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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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