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What to get for running rigging?

Hi All,

Newbie boat owner question. All the boats I sailed in the Navy, I never gave thought to the type of halyard I holding onto, or a sheet, what type of line it was, what is was made of etc. But now I find myself not having a clue what to go buy to replace my worn out halyards. I can measure diameter but that's where I stop. Lots to choose from. Our Traveler is a cruiser, non-the-less it is a sailboat with big sails. Polyester, nylon? Opinions. Discussion? Thanks.


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The West Advisor: Running Rigging Right Line

These calculators are a great starting point to determine loads for your boat

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Re: What to get for running rigging?

We recently replaced our sheets with Sta-Set for our jib sheets and regatta braid for the main. Small boat (25') in our case and went with 5/16 line.

Halyards are next up for this winter when the mast is down.
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Re: What to get for running rigging?

I replaced my sheets and halyards last winter. VPC for the halyards (except the spinny which is Sta Set) and Sta Set for the main and genny sheets.
Look on Ebay for some deals on the Sta Set and DEFENDER will have a sale in January or so and they carry VPC. Learn how to splice and you can save some $$$ there too. I practiced first by doing 3/8" on my fenders and then moved on to a core to core splice in the VPC. Damn near impossible to splice 5/16 though. Grrrrr!

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Re: What to get for running rigging?

I just replaced my main and spare halyards with 3/8 Samson XLS (27 ft sloop.) This is a budget choice and I may get kicked off sailnet for selecting something other than a fancy, low-stretch line. While considering my options, I decided on the low-cost XLS the day I finished up a very enjoyable sail and realized I had never tightened my boom vang. That helped me clarify my actual needs vs. my theoretical best choice.
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Re: What to get for running rigging?

To some extent it depends on your usage. If you are mainly a daysailor, and raise and lower the sails daily, then I really don't see the point in spending the money for high-tech, low-stretch line. They're just not going to stretch that much during a day sail.

On the other hand, if your sails stay up, and are expected to continue to draw well for days on end, then the lowest of low-stretch line can be well worth the additional expense. This, by the way, might apply to the halyard for you furling headsail, even if you furl it up at the end of every day.
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