December 18, 2019 3 min read

Three Halyard Ropes We Love

We're going to take a look at three ropes we love to use as halyards and constantly recommend to our customers.

At Sailing Chandlery we have over 100 different reels of rope on the shelf, different brands, different materials, different diameters - we get it, for a customer it can be a blooming nightmare to choose which is right for your needs.

For a rope halyard you need a rope which is hard wearing and low stretch. The following three ropes have these characteristics and can be used in slightly different ways.

Rope 1 - 4mm 8 Plait Pre Stretched Polyester

Made by Kingfisher Yacht Ropes this is the basic halyard rope we recommend for most applications. Think club sailor or boat which doesn't provide too much strain on the ropes. This rope is recommended by many dinghy manufacturers and provided as standard out of the factory.

The rope has an average breaking strain of 390kgs and is a low stretch product. It's pre stretched in production so won't stretch as much as a standard polyester rope.

This rope is available in a few different colour variations.

4mm 8 Plait Pre Stretched Polyester Rope

Rope 2 - 4mm Evolution Race Dyneema Core

By far one of the most popular ropes we hold in stock. This product is made by Gottifredi Maffioli in Italy and imported by Kingfisher.

Evolution Race rope has a hard wearing 16 plait polyester cover/jacket and a 12 strand dyneema core. This rope can be tapered, eye spliced or used as a normal piece of rope.

Coming with an SK78 dyneema core this adds strength and means less stretch for your halyard. The rope has an average breaking strain of 720kgs.

As well as using Evolution Race on your halyards it's also great for control lines and general purpose applications.

4mm Evolution Race Dyneema Core Rope

Rope 3 - 5mm Gottifredi Maffioli Swiftcord

A slightly different type of rope, again made in Italy by Gottifredi Maffioli.

Maffioli Swiftcord has different applications based on its diameter. You'll see the Worlds top sailors using it as both a control line, halyard and sheet. The huge benefit of Swiftcord is that it's really soft on your hands, perfect for sheets which are constantly adjusted on high performance boats.

Why we love it as a halyard is because it has less friction through the blocks, it doesn't twist and it's great to work with. The rope is also very lightweight.

The rope is what we call a hollow braid with the rope having no inside core, the strength and material is all build into the cover of the rope. This means you can slip dyneema inside and taper the cover into a core if needed.

5mm Maffioli Swiftcord Dyneema Rope

Need Rope Advice?

We're here for you! We provide customers with rope advice, and plenty of advice on other products daily too. No matter how silly you think your question might be the team are here to help. Make sure you get the best rope for the job first time.

In some cases we see customers thinking they need a rope which is of a much higher spec than they actually do. We'll provide you with honest advice first time, and then we'll ship you the products quickly.

Splicing Service

Did you know we also provide a rope splicing service? Let us know what you need and we'll provide you with a quote for professionally spliced ropes to your exact specifications.


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