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First, I'd highly recommend you get David Seidman's book The Complete Sailor, which is about $16 in most bookstores.
Second, it might be worth checking with Cajuntrading.ca for a rigging kit for your boat. A boat the size of yours could get away with 5/16" lines, but 3/8" or 10 mm lines will be easier on the hands. The line should probably be a good polyester double braid.
For an anchor line, you'd probably want something like a 14 lb. Delta FastSet and 25' of 1/4 chain and then 150' of 1/2" octo-plait nylon.
I'd also recommend you read the POST in my signature to help you get the most out of your time on sailnet.
Originally Posted by BigCountryEsq
I recently purchased a Watkins 23 and it is in need of some new lines.
I am new to sailing and this is my first sailboat, so I'm not good with all the names of the lines and parts of the boat.
The line in particular that needs replaced is the one that goes to the tops of the mast. I guess this is the one that raises the main sail. What "kind" of rope should I get? What size?
I am not racing this boat or anything, just pleasure sailing. I am hoping to get an "all round" rope for all of the lines on the boat. Is this possible? If so, what do I need to look for?
The boat has been sitting for 10 years so all of my lines will need replaced.
What about my anchor line? What should I use.
Im not looking for the absolute best, just the standard is fine.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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