What kind of line for the outhaul?
Dear Boat Doctor,
I need to replace the outhaul and reef lines on my Beneteau First 375. When I last replaced them I used New England Sta-SetX, and this worked well, but the rope was very stiff and hard to handle. Do you have any recommendations on what type of rope I should use this time?
I have traditionally used New England Ropes Sta-Set (www.neropes.com, 800-333-6679) in these applications, but I understand that you'd want something a little higher performance than plain old Dacron doublebraid. New England Ropes introduced a rope called VCP a few years back. This rope has a very high-quality Dacron cover and the core is a blend of polypropylene and Vectran. The result is a very high-performing rope with virtually the same handling characteristics of Dacron doublebraid. It costs a bit more, but you don't need a lot for your application.