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Minimalist rerigging for offshore cruising
I have gotten a good Cascade 29 with a solid hull and nice condition. However it hasn't sailed mush in the last 13 years and I want to cruise and need to do some rerigging. The way I se it is there are three major rig types I need to change.
1. blocks, winches, sheet system, shackles, those things
3. cables, fittings, an d turnbuckles.
So far I have number one pretty well covered. I replaced all the old pieces it had on it, and got a new tiller.
Next I'm working on the standing rigging. I got two turnbuckles today for the upper shrouds. After I get 2 more next pyday for the stays I'm going to move on to the lines that need changing the most.
What my question is is does this sound like a solid plan? WHat should my priorities be and what is typically the parts that fail if something does?
I have yet to sail her, I'm terrified of losing my stick, but I think I am being too paranoid. How important is it to replace the cables, not just the fittings. They look good, I've seen some boats where they are splitting and unwinding. But mine all look and feel nice.
Do I need to go through and replace every little piece, from the smallest screw to the tiniest cotter pin? At what pointis my boat seaworthy? I am sailing on a budget and would like to get to the northern west coast from Hawai'i this summer.
Also, wen I was looking at blocks, the same sized block could range from 21.99-165.99. What level do I need?