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New England Rope has an on-line tool for determining the correct line sizes for running rigging. It recommends 1/4" for the spin pole topping lift and 5/16" for your halyards. The tool is at: http://www.neropes.com/pleasure_marine/default.htm
Scroll down to the block and click on "Line Selection."
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Excellent! This place is one of those "How have I gone without", alot like a tiller tamer.

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running rigging C&C24

I re-rigged a C&C 24 last year at the yard I work at in the summers.

We used 5/16 Sta Set X for the Main /Genny and spin halyards. Lower stretch that regular sta set and a bit stronger as well

for the spin pole foreguy and downhaul simple 5/16 sta set will do. No need for super low stretch line for these applications.

Be sure to use different colors for each halyard. That will make it easier for you to grab the correct one ( I've seen people in the past release the main halyard when they meant to release the genny......)

as for going up the mast to change them...no need. Use the end of the old halyard to act as a messenger for the new halyard. ( tape them end to end good) and pull the new one through.
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If you like handling the larger diameeter line, one way is to have a thick cover splice on JUST the tail of the thin high-tech line.

Try the guys at Layline.
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I like the feel of my sheets. They are all 1/2 inch. With my halyards I like the thought smaller lines. It takes up a little less room on a smaller boat and usually once it is up you really don't have to fool with it until you get to where you are going or you need to reef. I am still not sure about the feel of staset x. My current halyards are like the teddy bear I had as a kid, fuzzy and totally wore slam out.

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Andy, you probably like the feel of your 1/2" sheets because that's what you've become accustomed to, but 1/2" is much too big for your boat. I use 1/2" jibsheets on my 35' C&C, and they're actually one step larger than is recommended. When you use jibsheets that are much too big, they are too heavy for light air sailing. A gentle breeze can't lift the combined weight of the sailcloth and sheets, and form the sail into the curved shape that drives the boat. In the light winds of midsummer, you'll be cursing those heavy jibsheets for their excess weight.

My previous boat was a 25, and I usually used 3/8" jibsheets, but at times, they were too heavy, and I used 1/4" for light air jibsheets.

Your boat calls for 5/16 or 3/8" jibsheets. If you used 3/8", for example, they would work much better for you, and I really believe that you'll get used to the feel of them, and in all winds, you'll like them better than the bigger ones.
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