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Redesigning Running Rigging for a Redwing
First, what a great forum with tons of information and lots of helpful sailors. My question may already have been answered somewhere on the forum (and I'll continue searching) so my apologies if it has.
I have a 30' 1970 C&C Redwing which I purchased 2 years ago. I'm on a bit of a budget and love to do things myself if I can. It's my first boat of this size and, although she's ready to sail, her running rigging is a bit of a mess as nothing much appears to have been done with it over the years. For instance, there are no control blocks on the traveler ... the car is just tied off to the center of the cockpit (i.e. I effectively have no traveler).
I'd like to make some enhancements to the entire running rigging setup. I'd like to rig it for cruising with my wife and myself and, ultimately, single handing. Although I'll need to tackle this a piece at a time, I'd love to have an overall plan in mind so that I don't end up reworking things as I work my way down that loooong list.
So here's my question: Can you can point me to some resources for ideas on how to best redesign (books, examples, articles, anything) running rigging.
The best resource I've found so far is the Harken catalog as it has some good examples but it doesn't give you a lot of pros-cons and how-tos. I have the "Rigger's Apprentice" and it's of no help on this topic. I also found a website for a guy who "tricked out" his Redwing for racing but have never been able to reach him via phone or email (Pegasus is the name of his boat).
Many thanks in advance for your advice!