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Line clutter

I previously posted about the mess I have with all the boom mounted sail control lines running on the outside of the boom. I don't much like putting a bunch of fairleads along the boom and am now thinking about running them internal to the boom. So that would be two reefing lines, a clew outhaul and a topping lift. The clew outhaul is already internal and has two blocks to reduce the work load. All of the other lines will be straight runs terminating on horn cleats that are already mounted. The sail area of the main is approx 175 sq ft. I'm also thinking of using either 8mm T-900 or 6mm amsteel to reduce weight and the size of holes drilled into the mast.
So, how many holes can one drill into a boom and not compromise its strength? The mainsheet is end mounted. But still, with the boom vang, the turning blocks the in and out ports, I'm looking at more than twenty quarter inch or larger holes drilled into the boom. Is that too many?
Thanks for your help.
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Re: Line clutter

The holes should not be an issue as far as strength. Best not to have too many in the same line however as the working of the boom over time might cause a crack to develop. Many reasons for this that I will not go into now. But you should be fine.
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