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Yacht String?
« on: December 12, 2023, 09:08:45 pm »


What do you guys use for Yacht sheets, ropes, stays ... string?

 




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Re: Yacht String?
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2023, 09:48:50 pm »

Quite a few suppliers sell 'rigging lines', Sailsetc. being just one.


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Re: Yacht String?
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2023, 10:05:23 pm »

I used to use braided dacron fishing line.


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Re: Yacht String?
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2023, 02:55:51 am »

I always use Dacron polyester.  That's what's been on my real boat since the lates 70's, that's what goes on my sailing models.
I buy thread from someplace like Sailrite, which comes in colors.  I like "oyster" (lite gray) for running rigging, and charcoal for standing rigging, even for servicing (wrapping).  I use a rope-walk to make larger rope from the threads.
I also use "hard nylon" 3-stranded stuff in appropriate diameters that I get via Amazon.  "Hard nylon" is a tighter-twisted cord than that soft-stuff that unravels into fluff in your hand.  I used to buy it as "mason's string" but now they call the other stuff that too.I know some people that love that braided cord meant for window blinds, which can be had on Amazon as well.

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Re: Yacht String?
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2023, 07:58:56 am »

  I like the look of the ballast Martin but where would you mount the bottles? Ha ha.


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Re: Yacht String?
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2023, 11:35:51 am »

I agree Dacron, I use braided cord as it does not tangle.  Fishing tackle shops are good for the stuff.  If you have boat chandlers nearby then Whipping cord is very good.
You want a cord that does not stretch and make sure it is OK with the bowsies for rigging use.
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Re: Yacht String?
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2023, 12:18:38 pm »

  I like the look of the ballast Martin but where would you mount the bottles? Ha ha.

       Cheers, hic, Pete  :-)) :-)) :-))

Hahahahaha!  Hazelnut & Cinnamon I think
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Re: Yacht String?
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2023, 03:11:40 pm »

 
About how many Strands / mm size  ( Breaking strain )  do I need?
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Re: Yacht String?
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2023, 04:24:47 pm »

Hi Martin about 0.3 - 0.5mm dia. 30 - 50 lbs breaking strain.  Make sure it goes into the holes in the bowsies. 
Braiding looks a little different perhaps more suited to sheets for the sails.

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Re: Yacht String?
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2023, 04:30:05 pm »

Not that I use much on the jolly old steam boats, but on my little sailing boat I have used Dacron, I have tried various materials but found some to slip through the bowsies  ;)
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Re: Yacht String?
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2023, 05:11:39 pm »

Hi Phil, if you use a 3 hole bowsie it does help with the slipping and shiny string slips.  Whipping cord stays where it is and comes in several different colours.
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Re: Yacht String?
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2023, 09:21:31 pm »

Do make sure what you get is NOT WAXED if you intend to glue it to anything.

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Re: Yacht String?
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2023, 04:59:12 pm »


Blooming heck, I'm turning into an old git!
 I found what I needed on Amazon in a few minutes,
  took me an hour to decide what colour I wanted!
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Re: Yacht String?
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2023, 01:58:15 am »

Is that 9 pound test? 
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Re: Yacht String?
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2023, 02:35:22 am »

 
'Dingbear 109Yd/100m 135LB/0.60mm dark blue Super Strong Pull Generic Braided Fishing Line.'
About 0.5mm
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