The experts here at
have put together a complete guide for which lines to use based on your sailing style. This way you can be sure to select the best lines for racing, cruising, or anything in between. Hi-tech ropes for club-racing and grand-prix racing give you the best performance using strong, lightweight materials and modern construction techniques. Ropes for cruising are aimed at providing a quality, economical option for daysailors and cruisers. Either way, you can find the best ropes for sailing right here.
Anchoring and Docking
Nylon is the go-to for anchoring and cocking. It is strong and abrasaion resistant, but most of all, it is very stretchy. Stretchy docklines, anchor rope, and mooring lines act as shock absorbers in rough conditions, reducing the strain on the boat and hardware, and making for a more comfortable time on board. We have a selection of 3 strand and double braid nylon ropes for docking and anchoring.
Double-braid polyester lines are ideal for cruising. These all-purpose lines satisfy the needs of the modern cruising sailor without breaking the bank. A double braid such as Sta-Set can be used for just about any application on board, including controls lines, sheets & guys, and halyards. A performance blend such as New England VPC features a blended core using modern materials to deliver performance upgrades at a modest price increase. VPC is great line for halyards, jib-sheets, and guys for the performance-minded cruiser.
Dinghy & Multihull
Modern dinghies and multihulls require small-diameter line that is strong, lightweight, and low-stretch. Single-braid Dyneema is ideal for cascaded control lines, strops, halyards, cunningham, and vang systems. Blended single-braids and double braids are strong and low-stretch, yet soft and easy to grip, making them ideal for sheets and control lines which need frequent adjustment (BZZ, Swiftcord, Racing Sheet). Pre-stretch double-braid is a budget-minded alternative to hi tech lines that still offers great performance. Small diameter dyneema double braids are an ideal all-around solution for any competitive dinghy racer, and are strippable for greater weight savings. Lightweight double braids are non-absorbant and strong, making them ideal for spinnaker sheets and control lines.
Cruising sailors looking for a bump in performance and club-racers looking to step up their game. Performance oriented blends such as Sirius from FSE Robline and VPC from New england offer performance boosts at a more economical price tag, while true dyneema double braids like CRD75, Endura Braid, and Warpspeed are strong and low-stretch, giving club-racers a great hi-tech rope for sheets, halyards, control lines, and any other running rigging application.
The two main materials for Hi-tech racing lines are Dyneema and Vectran. Dyneema is the ideal material for all running rigging onboard a competitive racing yacht, from sheets and control lines to topping lifts and reefing lines. Dyneema ropes have extremely low stretch and are stronger than steel pound-for-pound. Runs well through blocks without kinking, and double braid is easily tapered for weight savings. Vectran, like Dyneema, is extremely strong and low stretch, with the added advantage of having exceptionally low creep (long-term elongation of a line under static loads). Vectran's low creep makes it ideal for main and genoa halyards, as well as guys and afterguys.