Hi all, I'm replacing all of my running rigging bit am feeling a bit overwhelmed with the sheer number of brands, tires, and technology out there.
1985 Hunter 34 original spec calls for:
7/16" low stretch for halyards
Various sizes "yacht braid bbe" for sheets, vang, travelers etc
Doesn't say for roller furling line
Any suggestions on type or brand? Any idea what low stretch or yacht braid bbe refer to? We are trying to sail as much as possible these days but it's due for replacement. I'm just getting confused with New England Regatta, novabraid xle, polyester double braid, sta-set, etc etc etc with such a wide range of prices. I don't want crappy lines, but I also don't want to just pay for a name or assume something is better simply because it's more expensive.
I don't know what might be available to you for ordering from your unknown [to me] location, but I can share what we did when we first bought our 43 ft ketch with the knowledge it needed all new running rigging.
While transiting the vessel north from Seattle, we checked in various ports for a rigger to replace all of the running rigging. While we were installing a new windlass in Anacortes, WA, USA, we found Anacortes Rigging.
After speaking with Ian about measuring and replacing lines, it was mutually agreed to just have them bring their spools of line to the boat and change out everything at the dock. They quickly and efficiently reeved new halyards, etc. right off the spools [no pre-measuring needed... line was measured through a meter as it came off the spool.]
They also spliced in recycled and new fittings [shackles, etc.] right at the dock, and were out of there in one day.
They even filled in an online spreadsheet I created as they went- which became the itemized bill. An online inventory of all running rigging documented online for future use is priceless.
The cost was about 30+% less than ordering individual lines, including first rate splicing and Wichard shackles and fittings; not to mention all the time saved through this approach.
Just another strategy to consider...