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Ok so I have an Edel 540 with 20ft mast.Before the season starts I want to renew Main and Spinnaker Halyards. Checked on a site which did the length calc for both given as 48ft for Main and 59ft for Spin. So my question is, which may seem a dumb question to those of you, who have been around the sailing world for a while, if the mast is 20ft thats 40ft and the cleats are on the mast why do I need 59 ft for the Spinnaker seems a tad long, or am I missing something. Even the Main is a little long, but I can live with that.
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The indicated lengths are probably assuming lines run aft, plus some extra to be able to trim for wear and tear at the masthead when in use over time.

As mentioned above, simply use the originals as a guide.. attach a light messenger line, pull them out of the mast (leaving the messanger line there) and make new ones, then pull them back in with the messenger lines you left behind. Easy enough to make the new ones a bit long for the same reason, or in case you intend to lead lines aft to the cockpit at some point.

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Thanks for the reponses and that's what was confusing because the given lengths from the calculator didn't match what's on the mast. As an electrician I am used to the old saying of 'better looking at it, than for it' but there's a limit.
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