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Re: Bad Rope (Line/Sheet) Advice?
Honestly I think your first mistake was to rush out and replace all your running rigging after only having sailed the boat twice. I understand the appeal of having all shiny new colorful lines, but I think you would have been better off waiting until you got to know the boat better. That would also have given you time to educate yourself on your options before you went to the store and dropped all that cash!
It's hard to know how good the advice you got was. I am guessing you went to Steveston Marine. If so, the knowledge base is hit or miss. Did you ask for someone who knew about rope, or did you go with the first guy to say "can I help you". Did he ask you questions like what kind of clutches and cleats the boat has? If not, he should have!
For the most part modern ropes are much smaller diameter than their old school equivalents, and yes, that can make them a bit harder on the hands in some situations, but it also reduces friction significantly. The biggest concern with downsizing Halyard diameters aside from the potential for it to jump the sheave is whether the clutches can hold the new rope. Some clutches are sized to a specific rope diameter, and can't hold smaller lines without slipping. Also , if your stoppers are worn they may be able to hold fat fuzzy old rope but have a hard time with the new slippery line. As for chaffe problems, no rope is going to tolerate being dragged across sharp metal edges. That is an issue you should resolve before you replace the rope, and you certainly can't expect the salesman to anticipate such things!
Really, what it comes down to is that you should have educated yourself more before you went shopping. I get my rope advice from riggers not retail salesmen! Even posting here first would have better prepared you. Having said that, you will probably be fine with most of the lines you bought!
Now get out sailing and figure out what works and what doesn't!
1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig
Last edited by SchockT; 07-14-2014 at 01:50 PM.