Sailboat Line & Running Rigging Selection Guide

 

 

Use the APS Line & Rope Selection guide to help you determine the proper size, length and material line to buy for each specific application your sailboat.

Line Type Guide

Fiber Guide

Measurement Guide

Diameter Guide


 

Line Type Guide


 Use the APS sailboat Line Type Guide to help decide which material and line is best suited for your specific sailboat application. Choose a chart based on the type of sailing you do, then review line choices. Links will navigate you the specific line product pages.

Cruising

  Polyester Sheets Polyester Double Braid Dyneema Blended Single Braids Dyneema Blended Double Braids Blended Core Double Braids Vectran Core Double Braids Dyneema Core Double Braids Small Diameter High-Tech Double Braids Small Diameter Double Braids Dinghy Sheets Single Braids (Dyneema & Vectran)
  Ph,D. Cruiser
Regatta Braid
Trophy Braid
Sta-Set
XLS
ULS Yacht Braid
SSR Line
Racing Sheet
Salsa Line
Ph.D Racer
Control DPX
Excel Fusion 75
Coppa 3000
Flight Line
Superswift
SM Ultra-Lite
VPC
MLX
Crystalyne
V100
Maxibraid Plus
Endura Braid
DSK 78 Race PC
PolyTec
WarpSpeed
Admiral SK90
Dinghy Polytech
Dinghy Control
Excel Racing
Dinghy Vectran
Excel Control
Dinghy Star Pro
Excel Pro
Super Prestretch
Finish Line
8 Plait Pro
Buzz Line
Marstron
Polilite
Dinghy Sheet
AmSteel 78
Vectrus 12
AS-90
Heat Set Rope
WR2
Main Halyard   Better     Best            
Jib/Genoa Halyard   Better     Best            
Spinnaker Halyard   Best     Best            
Mainsheet Best Best                  
Jib/Genoa Sheet Better Best                  
Spinnaker Sheet Best Best                  
Control Lines   Better     Best            
 

Cruising / Club Racing

  Polyester Sheets Polyester Double Braid  Dyneema Blended Single Braids  Dyneema Blended Double Braids  Blended Core Double Braids  Vectran Core Double Braids  Dyneema Core Double Braids  Small Diameter High-Tech Double Braids  Small Diameter Double Braids Dinghy Sheets Single Braids Dyneema & Vectran
  Ph,D. Cruiser
Regatta Braid
Trophy Braid
Sta-Set
XLS
ULS Yacht Braid
SSR Line
Racing Sheet
Salsa Line
Ph.D Racer
Control DPX
Excel Fusion 75
Coppa 3000
Flight Line
Superswift
SM Ultra-Lite
VPC
MLX
Crystalyne
V100
Maxibraid Plus
Endura Braid
DSK 78 Race PC
PolyTec
WarpSpeed
Admiral SK90
Dinghy Polytech
Dinghy Control
Excel Racing
Dinghy Vectran
Excel Control
Dinghy Star Pro
Excel Pro
Super Prestretch
Finish Line
8 Plait Pro
Buzz Line
Marstron
Polilite
Dinghy Sheet
AmSteel 78
Vectrus 12
AS-90
Heat Set Rope
WR2
Main Halyard   Good     Better Best Better        
Jib/Genoa Halyard   Good     Better Best Better        
Spinnaker Halyard   Good     Better   Best        
Mainsheet Good Good Better   Best            
Jib/Genoa Sheet Good Good     Better   Best        
Spinnaker Sheet Good Good     Better   Best        
Control Lines Good Good Better   Better   Best Good      
 

Racing / Large Sportboats

  Polyester Sheets Polyester Double Braid Dyneema Blended Single Braids Dyneema Blended Double Braids Blended Core Double Braids Vectran Core Double Braids Dyneema Core Double Braids Small Diameter High-Tech Double Braids Small Diameter Double Braids Dinghy Sheets Single Braids (Dyneema & Vectran)
  Ph,D. Cruiser
Regatta Braid
Trophy Braid
Sta-Set
XLS
ULS Yacht Braid
SSR Line
Racing Sheet
Salsa Line
Ph.D Racer
Control DPX
Excel Fusion 75
Coppa 3000
Flight Line
Superswift
SM Ultra-Lite
VPC
MLX
Crystalyne
V100
Maxibraid Plus
Endura Braid
DSK 78 Race PC
PolyTec
WarpSpeed
Admiral SK90
Dinghy Polytech
Dinghy Control
Excel Racing
Dinghy Vectran
Excel Control
Dinghy Star Pro
Excel Pro
Super Prestretch
Finish Line
8 Plait Pro
Buzz Line
Marstron
Polilite
Dinghy Sheet
AmSteel 78
Vectrus 12
AS-90
Heat Set Rope
WR2
Main Halyard         Good Best Better       Better in some applications
Jib/Genoa Halyard         Good Best Better       Better in some applications
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 Best     Better in some applications
 

Dinghy / Beach Catamaran

  Polyester Sheets Polyester Double Braid Dyneema Blended Single Braids  Dyneema Blended Double Braids Blended Core Double Braids  Vectran Core Double Braids Dyneema Core Double Braids  Small Diameter High-Tech Double Braids Small Diameter Double Braids Dinghy Sheets Single Braids Dyneema & Vectran
  Ph,D. Cruiser
Regatta Braid
Trophy Braid
Sta-Set
XLS
ULS Yacht Braid
SSR Line
Racing Sheet
Salsa Line
Ph.D Racer
Control DPX
Excel Fusion 75
Coppa 3000
Flight Line
Superswift
SM Ultra-Lite
VPC
MLX
Crystalyne
V100
Maxibraid Plus
Endura Braid
DSK 78 Race PC
PolyTec
WarpSpeed
Admiral SK90
Dinghy Polytech
Dinghy Control
Excel Racing
Dinghy Vectran
Excel Control
Dinghy Star Pro
Excel Pro
Super Prestretch
Finish Line
8 Plait Pro
Buzz Line
Marstron
Polilite
Dinghy Sheet
AmSteel 78
Vectrus 12
AS-90
Heat Set Rope
WR2
Main Halyard               Best Good   Better in some applications
Jib/Genoa Halyard               Best Good   Better in some applications
Spinnaker Halyard               Best Good    
Mainsheet Good   Best Best           Better  
Jib/Genoa Sheet Good   Best Best           Better  
Spinnaker Sheet Good   Best Best           Good  
Control Lines     Better         Best Good   Better in some applications

 

Fiber Guide

 

Some lines are better for certain applications than others. Use the APS Fiber guide to understand the basic principles and characteristics of each sailboat line material. 

Line TypeCharacteristics
Low Stretch Low Water Absorption Floatability Abrasion/Chafe Resistance Low UV Degradation Low 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
Nylon Poor Good Fair Good Fair Excellent Fair

 

Measurement Guide

When ordering custom rigging or line, specific lengths will be required. Use the APS Measurement guide to help you determine the proper line length for your sailboat.

measuring guide
Type of Sheet Measurement
Mainsheet (E+2) x Purchase
Genoa Sheet 1.5 x LOA
Jib Sheet LOA
Spinnaker Sheet 2 x LOA (as a minimum - we suggest up to +5' for up to 30' boats and +8' for over 30'
Asymmetrical Sheet (outside) 3 x LOA
Asymmetrical Sheet (inside only) 2.5 x LOA
Main Halyard 2P + Distance to the Clutch
Jib Halyard 2I + Distance to the Clutch
Spinnaker Halyard 2I + 20'
Tack Line J x 5



Please Note: Customer specified lengths are always preferred. These lengths and diameters are only a guide, and not specific to your boat.  Remember to allow extra length for tails.

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Diameter Guide

 

 

Use the APS Diameter guide to help determine which size line will best suite your sailboat.

Application
Boat Size
10 - 18' 18 - 24' 24 - 32' 32 - 38' 38 - 45' 45 - 52'
Main Halyard 1/4" 1/4" 5/16" 5/16" 3/8" 7/16"
Jib Halyard 1/4" 1/4" 5/16" 5/16" 3/8" 7/16"
Spinnaker Halyard 1/4" 1/4" 5/16 3/8" 3/8" 7/16"
Topping Lift 1/4" 1/4" 5/16"  3/8" 3/8" 7/16"
Mainsheet 5/16" 3/8" 3/8" 3/8" 7/16" 1/2"
Genoa Sheet 1/4" 5/16" 3/8" 3/8" 7/16" 1/2"
Spinnaker Sheet 1/4" 5/16" 5/16" 5/16" 3/8" 3/8"
Tack Line 3/16" 1/4" 5/16" 3/8" 3/8" 7/16"


*These line diameters are generally accepted 'stock' sizes for the sheaves, cleats, blocks and winches found on the boat sizes above.  

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