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Rigging questions

I need to replace the running/standing rigging for a Cal 29. Does anyone who has a similar boat have recommendations for material and size for [present]:

halyards [3/8" dacron]
sheets [3/8" dacron]
vang [1/4" braided nylon]
running back stay [3/8" dacron]
anchor rode (35# Plow - chain & rope) [1/4" HT chain 50 feet - 200 feet 1/2" 3-ply nylon]

standing rigging [3/8" SS 1x19]

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Today there are low stretch ropes that work better for halyards than good old dacron yachtbraid.. Sta-set and Sta-set X come to mind.. at a price, mind you.

Halyards at 3/8 are probably OK, the new line is plenty strong. For sheets yachtbraid would be fine, but I'd upsize to 1/2 or so to be easier to hand. Nylon has no place on running rigging.

I don't believe I've seen runners used on a Cal 29.. but again a low stretch line would be better.

Your anchor setup might benefit from a chain up-size, and another hundred feet of line rode wouldn't hurt, depending on your common anchoring situation.

I'd be very surprised if your standing rigging is actually 3/8" That's pretty heavy duty for a boat that size. Best bet here is to take/send the existing bits to a rigger for replacement. A member here has provided good service to others, so maybe send Knothead a PM.

Any marine retailer will have the line you need.. if you have several in your area just price compare..

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You may also want to configure Colligo Marine for the standing rigging. It is a new synthetic material instead of stainless. I just tried it for replacing my lifelines. I was able to do all of the splices myself and have been very happy with it. When it comes time to change my standing rigging I plan to go with synthetic.

The benefits I see are light weight, easy DIY, no corrosion, and I like how it looks on my boat.

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You may also want to configure Colligo Marine for the standing rigging. It is a new synthetic material instead of stainless. I just tried it for replacing my lifelines. I was able to do all of the splices myself and have been very happy with it. When it comes time to change my standing rigging I plan to go with synthetic.

The benefits I see are light weight, easy DIY, no corrosion, and I like how it looks on my boat.

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Interesting... how does the cost compare? is this similar to PBO?

EDIT: checked out their site.. looks like price is close to even, weight not even close...
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The one detractor, for some people, is the increased windage. Some wire sizes need to be replaced with larger diameter dux.
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standing rigging [3/8" SS 1x19]

The original was

Headstay 7/32
Backstay 3/16
Bridles 5/32
Uppers 3/16
Fwd lowers 5/32
Aft lowers 5/32
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Thanks Tommays... that's more like what I was expecting to see.
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Actually it isn't the windage of using the new spectra 900... It is lighter than the steel rigging it is replacing and you will have less weight going up your mast. That leds to a tad more stability, which is a good thing.
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Well

Except for those GIANT termination fittings that have the required LARGE required radius so the line does not break and there rather costly

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And the ones i have seen require custom work on the spreaders


Its a product with a small market the serious race boats go with with PBO or Carbon as the fittings have been made with low windage and the big company's stand behind the stuff

For a normal boat if you look at the total cost its much more money than stainless with no real advantage
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ive had really good luck with these guys:

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