While my 200lb line is out of action (new hoop winder to be ordered), I am thinking of using my lower rated 80lb line that came with my FF8 for use with my FF16.
I have done a search for cases of line failure but the results I have found would suggest that any failures are as a result of some outside influence, e.g. line cut or severed due to contact with some kind of object.
So has anyone experienced a pure and simple line failure when the line has been in seemingly good condition?
As the topic suggests, I'm also angling towards failures through excessive line load. Last week I anchored my FF16 to my bicycle while setting up because the ground was too hard for my dog stake. The wind was sufficient for me to hang my SLR, so between a Bft 4 and 5, and my bike didn't move an inch (I guess it weighs around 28lbs).
Has anyone got a way of calculating the line load? A simpleton's theory using the above would suggest that the load on my line last week was less than the weight of my bike and my SLR rig - maybe 30lbs. Of course, I'd assume that you would need to add in some kind of ground friction on the bike. If this theory held up then I would start to wonder why we use 200lb line.
Ultimately, I am trying to gauge the margin of safety I would have in identical conditions but with the lower rated line.
There is an opportunity here for the geeks to unleash all kinds of science and maths on me, so get stuck in!!