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Most boats are pretty simple to rig, especially smaller one that are not racing designs. The running rigging for a boat like yours would probably consist of the following:
Main halyard—goes up the aft side of the mast to raise the main sail.
Jib Halyard—goes up the foreward side of the mast to raise the jib/genoa.
Topping lift—you may or may not have a real topping lift, which is a line that goes up the aft side of the mast and is used to support the boom. Many smaller boats don't have a true topping lift, and often use either a fixed line that goes to the masthead or a small pigtail that comes off the backstay.
Genoa/jib sheets—This is usually a pair of lines that go aft to a set of blocks on each side of the boat and are then lead to a winch. On some smaller designs you may have a self-tacking jib, like that often found on Sonars, and you'll have a single jib sheet, not a pair.
Main Sheet—this is usually attached to the cabintop or cockpit, often to a car on a traveler, and goes to the boom. On some boats, especially those with a cabintop mounted mainsheet, the connection will be mid-boom rather than at the end of the boom. On some boats, there are two main sheets, one to port and one to starboard. On some smaller boats with tiller steering, the main sheet will be attached to blocks on the port and starboard side to allow the tiller to move without hitting the mainsheet.
5/16" lines are probably sufficient, but I'd go up to 3/8" lines for the sheets, since that will be easier on your hands. The mast will either have externally mounted blocks or internal sheaves. If the mast does not have exit slots cut into it, the halyards MUST RUN EXTERNALLY to the mast.
Photos will help.
The main on your boat is probably a 4:1 at most. If it is end-boom sheeted, then you will need the line to be about 5.6-6 times the length of the boom, depending on how it is rigged. If it is mid-boom sheeted, then you'll need it to be about 4.5-5 times the length of the boom. This is a rough estimate and may or may not be right, depending on how the boat is rigged.
Your jib sheets should be about 1.5 times the length of your boat, unless you have a very large genoa, in which case, they should probably be 2 times the length of the boat. This is a rough estimate and may or may not be right, depending on how the boat is rigged.
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