One of our most popular lines, Crystalyne by Yale Cordage is a workhorse of a line. It delivers lightweight, all-weather performance where strength is critical and stretch cannot be tolerated.
Crystalyne gets its name from its load bearing core of 100% Vectran LPC (Liquid Crystal Polymer). Unlike UHMPE ropes, LCP fiber has little or no tendency to creep, is more tolerant of bending, and is not affected by overloading.
There are a multitude of solid colors to choose from, which makes it easy to color code and identify lines on board - easy to say "release the yellow halyard" and crew know what you mean.
- The no creep Vectran core makes this an ideal main or jib halyard line on race boats. Headsail and main halyards, afterguys, asymmetric tacklines. Perfect for high performance keelboats looking to aggressively downsize.
- Fairly stiff line with a smooth cover.
Cover Material: Polyester
- Crystalyne has a tough polyester outer sleeve, protecting its inner strength member. The hardwearing 24 carrier/3ply Thin Sleeve Technology (TST) cover is smooth and long lasting. It has good grip in cleats and clutches, and runs smoothly through blocks. Same cover used for Yale MaxiBriad and Cover Only
Core Material: 100% Vectran Core
- Crystalyne has a load-bearing core of 100% Vectran LPC (Liquid Crystal Polymer) that operates at high percentages of its breaking strength with no creep or stretch. The core is lightweight and does not absorb water. The core is coated with Maxi Jacket for added abrasion resistance and UV protection when the cover is stripped. A Vectran core not as durable as Dyneema so it is important to regularly inspect a stripped halyard for signs of UV or abrasion damage.
End Termination: Cover: Melted, Core: Cut
- The Vectran core will not melt so ends must be whipped to secure.
- The construction of this line allows it to be easily spliced with a High Tech Double Braid Splice.
- Vectran cores are not as durable as Dyneema - it is important to regularly inspect a stripped halyard for signs of UV or abrasion damage.
|Size: Inches||Size: Millimeters||Tensile Strength (lbs.)||Weight in Lbs/100 ft.|
|Line Application||Main Halyard, Jib/Genoa Halyard, Spinnaker Guy|
|Line Construction||Double Braid|
|Can Strip Cover?||Yes|
I use this for the main & jib halyards on my J22. It works great for that purpose - I don't get any stretch or creep from the halyards. The solid colors made it easy for me to get different colors from the other lines on the cabin top, which is pretty important on the J22 where all the lines are pretty close together and your crew doesn't always remember which is which. I can easily tell them the blue is the main halyard and the black is the jib halyard and there aren't any questions.
In my case I did not strip the covers off these lines. You can, but I wouldn't unless you are super worried about weight. They will last much longer if you leave the covers on because they are more durable against both sunlight and abrasion.
The cover on the Crystalyne isn't quite as tightly woven as the V100, so it probably isn't as durable. For my J22 this wasn't a real concern, but if you had a bigger boat with clutches the V100 might make more sense. For me Crystalyne was a great choice for my halyards.
- great price, lots of colors
Hi this is Kyle from APS and I'm here to share with you some of the characteristics of Yale Cordage's Crystalyne line. It's available from 1/4 inch up to 1/2 inch. It is a double-braid construction. It has a tightly-woven polyester jacket that's smooth but not slippery and the core is 100% Dyneema that has been coated, so you can strip the jacket back, bury it, if you want to reduce the weight at the working end of this line. If you wanted to put an eye splice in this, it would take a high-tech eye splice, not a double braid.
It's fairly flexible for a coated line. This is the 1/4 inch. The core on the 1/4 inch, it's a low braid angle on the core, so it opens up very easily. Moving to the 5/16ths, and the core on that. Also worth noting that these obviously come in solid colors, so if you want to be able to call out a line, it's pretty easy to say, grab the green, the yellow, the blue line. Easy identification.
Now we've moved up to the 3/8ths. Maybe a little stiffer here but that's mostly due to the coating of the core. With use, it kind of breaks down a little bit. Then moving up from 3/8ths to 7/16ths, and the core of the 7/16ths. Lastly, the 1/2 inch, and the core of the 1/2 inch. Crystalyne by Yale Cordage.
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