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Which down haul/ out haul line do you prefer?
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rtz



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 6:39 pm    Post subject: Which down haul/ out haul line do you prefer? Reply with quote

Do you just use the blue/black Chinook line? Or do you like the coarse braid Spectra line Chinook sells or the smoother braid Marlow line?

https://chinooksailing.com/collections/repair-products/products/4mm-spectra-down-haul-line-5-lines-cut-72

https://isthmussailboards.com/marlow-formuline-3-8mm-ft.html


Has anyone found a source for line where the shipping doesn't cost more then the line does? Just wait till this stuff ends up on Amazon Prime. Windsurfing is very under represented on Amazon.
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dllee



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blu/back lasts me 20 days.
White Formuline about 140.
3 bucks vs 11. Your choice.
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manuel



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

White for downhaul only, easier to slide and release tension when derigging. Black blue makes a more direct outhaul connection with the power however may get chewed up depending on boom / way to thread it.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which is more important to you, RTZ ... a line that will outlast anything else hands down AND make downhauling easier AND prevent rig damage and/or a long swim, or a cheaper line? I've been running the same white lines for at least a decade. They still look and perform almost like new on all my base extensions and outhauls. Peace of mind is priceless.
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dhmark



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been buying on Ebay for a couple of cycles of use, every 3 years buy 2 downhaul lines. There seems to always be at least one seller selling at a reasonable price plus shipping, less than a stand-alone purchase at one of the online stores.
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grantmac017



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I buy the white Chinook stuff. Get about 2 years heavy use.
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kevinkan



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i sell FSE Robline Super Downhaul Line Dyneema 3.8mm

https://www.sunsetsailboards.com/products/dyneema-line-3-8mm

It is basically the same thing as Marlow Formuline, just from a different rope supplier.

I use this stuff for everything... downhaul, outhaul, inhaul, etc... It is a braided line with no core. The Chinook stuff has a core and you get creep overtime where all the braid bunches up on one end. The Super Downhaul Line is better IMO and has a softer feel that doesn't kink. Lasts foreverish. Does NOT work in Duotone Power.XT extensions. It does work really well on Duotone Uni.XT extensions, esp for loop and go downhaul. The extra smooth glide makes down hauling w/ only 4:1 purchase easy, and it also uncleats very easily.

Shipping on stuff like this is about $2.50 which isn't bad, especially if you're buying more than one piece [/i]

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PeconicPuffin



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strictly white forumuline. Yes it lasts a lot longer but I find the principal value is in easier downhauling, making rigging and precise tuning easier. When my forumuline downhaul starts to show a little wear I flip it, as the chewed up portion is just a small section of a typical five foot downhaul. Then when both ends of the downhaul line are sufficiently worn I move it to the outhaul position (much less stress there.)

And don't forget the optimum downhaul threading pattern. From an old blog post: https://www.peconicpuffin.com/the_peconic_puffin/2007/03/easier_downhaul.html

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rtz



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is how I normally lace up the down haul. Will that pattern on the website work when the pulley is turned? I tried it like it shows and numerous variations and I couldn't get the line routed satisfactorily or tell any difference in the resistance. How does that way increase the pulley leverage?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2020 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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