What is Vectran?

Published on February 24th, 2015

Vectran is a high tech fiber that has made its way into sailing due to its very desirable properties of exceptional strength, very low stretch and creep, and its high heat resistance. Now while your boat may not be nearly as high tech as the Mars rover or NASA’s extravehicular mobility unit (space suit), you will be happy to know that the very same material that they utilize can be put to use on your boat.

Some of the best uses are in its uncovered state; as a wire replacement, cascade or purchase especially below deck where you can minimize its UV exposure.

In its covered form it is perfect as a main or jib halyards on keelboats and dinghies and is also commonly used as sail ties on small dinghies like the Optimist and Sunfish.

This video provides a closer look: CLICK HERE

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