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My rule of thumb for any line is 20% over what is required. That allows for splicing in a emergency (unlikely but chafing etc - plausible). The problem with having so much more than required is that its is more maintenance and tending to. On my C-27 the halyards were literally 15 feet longer than necessary. That made coiling and the amount of line that could tangled - more than what was necessary to deal with. My Barberis is no different, as I have some of the shroud tensioning lines that are 20 feet over what is needed, and ends up being just a pile of line that hangs there adding more weight to the boat and more to tend to.

Since I also believe in using downhauls as well - I am a bit more allergic to having more than necessary line as already - I have enough that will tangle and get in the way. Therefore I like to have 20% more and no more or less. If you carry spare line as I do you will never run out in a emergency situation as it is simple to extend what you have for say a MOB situation.

Just my 2 cents...think of the manageability and whether a line needs to be oversized - and if so how much do you want to deal with splayed all over the cockpit assuming you have it rigged for single handling.
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I'll tell you what I have, that maybe help...
1.25 lenght of the mast with steel cable with each end spliced to a shackle. Thus, I can connect or disconnect the sails easily and replace the rope part accoring to my needs... If I'd need to bring the rope part to the cockpit in future, I can just change the rope or if the rope wears out or damages along the way, I can, again, change the rope without dealing with the replacing the whole system...
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I'll tell you what I have, that maybe help...
1.25 lenght of the mast with steel cable with each end spliced to a shackle. Thus, I can connect or disconnect the sails easily and replace the rope part accoring to my needs... If I'd need to bring the rope part to the cockpit in future, I can just change the rope or if the rope wears out or damages along the way, I can, again, change the rope without dealing with the replacing the whole system...
Other than strength, is there a reason to use steel cable instead of rope? I have steel cable already installed without questioning...now is the opportunity.
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Rope halyards stretch in a blow,cable halyards don't. I hate it when my halyards slap against my mast, so I leave enough length to tie both ends off to a lifeline stanchion base, and I avoid boxers.
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