Yale Cordage Crystalyne Line

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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.

Common Applications:

  • 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.

Spliceable: Yes

  • The construction of this line allows it to be easily spliced with a High Tech Double Braid Splice.

Strippable: Yes

  • 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 Specifics
Size: InchesSize: MillimetersTensile Strength (lbs.)Weight in Lbs/100 ft.
3/16 5 3,000 1.6
1/4 6 5,000 2.1
5/16 8 7,200 3.6
3/8 9.5 11,500 4.8
7/16 10 15,200 6.6
1/2 12 20,000 7.8
Line Characteristics
 Poor Average Excellent
Cleat/Clutch Holding          
Abrasion Resistance          
Thermal Resistance          
 Low Medium High
Water Absorption          

APS Advisor Custom Rigging and Splicing Services

More Information
Line Application Main Halyard, Jib/Genoa Halyard, Spinnaker Guy
Line Construction Double Braid
Core Material Vectran
Cover Material Polyester
Can Strip Cover? Yes
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Video Transcript

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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