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Is there a reasonable way to estimate what size (or strength) of standing rigging would be appropriate for a boat?
I have an older Hallberg Rassy 35 (yep, thats the new challenge) - and currently the rigging appears to be 5/16" wire (that's what the local rigger measured, it seemed slightly smaller to me but he probably does a better job at measurment).
The original spec. says the wire was 1/4". Personally, I am not a big fan of oversizing components for no reason - if original designer considered 1/4" to be a proper size, I trust them (and other components are likely sized to the same standard, so bigger rigging may very well be just adding weight aloft).
That said, I am now wondering which way to go. This is complicated by the fact that original spec does not say whether it was a 304 or 316 SS, that would make a difference.
Advice very much welcome.