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Old 02-26-2013
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Re: Halyards to cockpit?

A downhaul on the main is something I think would be helpful. Since it sounds like you have hank-on jibs, a jib downhaul, as suggested above, makes a lot of sense to me, too.

The cost of the running rigging isn't that bad - I'm pretty sure I got me from Minnesota Rigging on eBay. I'm fairly frugal, but to me, the cost (even with a winch or two, and some other related deck hardware) is a small price to pay compared to the comfort of being able to stay in the cockpit if things get bad in a hurry. Look for used equipment on eBay and Craigslist to get you started. In the NJ/NY/PA area, you should be able to find a lot of surplus equipment because of Hurricane Sandy. I'm pretty sure there's a place in Annapolis that sells surplus equipment, and I know Minnie's Yacht Surplus in Costa Mesa, CA has a lot of stuff at decent prices, too. I'd like to find something even closer than Annapolis (I'm about an hour and a half from you), but that's all I've heard of so far.
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