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Halyards & Lines Help Please

Last year I purchased a 76 C&C 24. It was heavily rigged for racing. It is now time to replace Halyards, lines and such. I am just a casual cruiser and I mostly just raise my main and the genoa and cruise. I have a spinnaker and plan to use it soon. It looks that I have 2 genoa halyards and a spin halyard, and the main halyard. There is another line that comes out of the front of the mast about 4-5 feet from the top. I have no clue what it is. I thought it could be the spin pole topping lift, but that high up? I also thought it could be for a snuffer sock, I am just not sure. Here is a picture, it may help.

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spin pole lift

yup. Spinnaker pole topping lift (uphaul)
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It looks like a spin pole lift.

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Thanks!

Would stardard 5/16 staset be fine for this application?
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Replace with the same size as is in use. Any decent braid will do. Sure you need to replace it ...
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I am absolutly positive it needs replacing. I have 2 decent halyards. The rest are in horrible condition. The current line is old 3/8 and would like to go down to 5/16 of new stuff. I need to go to the top of the mast and I would not be comfortable with the halyards in place.
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"like to go down to 5/16 .." You shouldn't reduce the size of line to retain reasonable comfort in handling the line. You won't have a winch, maybe even a stopper on this topping lift, so you'll be working the line by hand. 3/8 is about as small a line as is comfortble under load in the hand...Certainly don't reduce the size of the halyards for the same reason.

(Hopefully you won't go up the mast via the topping lift...how high is the stick on the 24' anyway, maybe use a stepladder? Just a joke, gotta love any old C&C ...)
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The previous owner had put two 1/2 inch halyards on, and that was all. It was recommended to go to 5/16 for all my halyards. When I first mention what size the lines are people look at me crazy and that it is way to big for my boat. I have planned to go 5/16 all around, with a mix of staset and staset x. My main and one genoa are wire to rope and am going to all rope, thus the reason to travel up top to check the sheaves. I do not plan to go up with the spin top lift. geezzz! A step ladder is a tad shy. My stick is 28".

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Lightyear,
Are you on the C&C owners email list? That used to be quite active back when ... I would expect some of the other 24' owners could comment on the line choice. 1/2" is too large for halyards, I'm surprised they fit the mast. Mabe you can re-use them for jib sheets, 1/2" is a nice size on the hands...I would think you should go withthe rope size that fits the wire/rope halyard shives, maybe you won't need to change them....

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I thought 1/2 was too large as well. The spin halyard is 3/8. I will be sure to look into the C&C owners email group. Thanks for all the advice! It is much appreciated!

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