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Re: need to replace running rigging on PS34
Tape, or better yet stitch and tape the lines together in as tight/narrow a 'splice' as you can make. The last thing you want is for the temporary splice to come apart part way up.
OR.. get some small strong twine, use the old halyard to pull that through to create a 'messenger line', then use that line to pull in the new halyard. This avoids the possibility of a bulky splice causing problems. However sometimes the transition from messenger to halyard can get caught up in the block if it doesn't lead fairly (again, some tape but not too much, helps here)
With today's lines you can definitely downsize and maintain the strength, but keep in mind the 'hand' and also the minimum that will grab in your tailers.
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