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Old 12-28-2000
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Samson Pre-spliced Halyards

I note that you have Samson pre-spliced Halyards in the SailNet Store. Can you identify which ones are appropiate for a Catalina 27 (1975 tall rig) for both the headsail and mainsail?

Mike

Dan Dickison responds:

For your main halyard, you should be able to get away with the 5/16-inch by 65-foot version, but the big question is, do you have your halyards led back to the cockpit? If you do, you might want to consider the longer option; it all depends on where you cleat your halyards. For the headsail, you could also use the 5/16-inch by 65-foot version.  Samson advertises a 2,275 pound breaking strength on its 5/16-inch LS Line, and that should be fine for your boat.

The other question to ask yourself is, do you want better performance over the long run? If so, I'd recommend the XLS line, which offers superior resistance to stretch.

Also, you want to make sure that the sheaves in your mast are the appropriate ones for the halyards you buy. If you're moving from wire-rope to all-rope halyards, you might want to have a peak at those sheaves just to make sure that the line will fit the grooves. You'd hate to buy new halyards and then find out that the wrong kind of sheave was wearing them down prematurely.

I hope this information helps you. Remember, you can always contact the experts in SailNet's Rigging Shop for product advice over the phone at 1-800-234-3220.

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