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Old 15-06-2016, 00:07   #1
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Halyard sizes for Cal 2-27

Hi to All,

I recently bought a Cal 2-27. The mast is down and I'm checking it before stepping.

I want to change the running rigging but am not sure what size line for the halyards (the manual gives the spinnaker halyard as 75' X 3/8" Samson Braid.)

Anyone knows where I can find this or know the sizes?

The manual also gives the size of the topping lift as 55' X 3/8" Samson Braid, this seems a bit heavy? Any thoughts/ideas?

Thanks,
Richard
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Re: Halyard sizes for Cal 2-27

I would use 5/16 for all halyards.
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Re: Halyard sizes for Cal 2-27

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Hi to All,

I recently bought a Cal 2-27. The mast is down and I'm checking it before stepping.

I want to change the running rigging but am not sure what size line for the halyards (the manual gives the spinnaker halyard as 75' X 3/8" Samson Braid.)

Anyone knows where I can find this or know the sizes?

The manual also gives the size of the topping lift as 55' X 3/8" Samson Braid, this seems a bit heavy? Any thoughts/ideas?

Thanks,
Richard
Richard--

The 3/8" line is more than adequate for the loads on the Cal 2-27. One could go smaller but 3/8" is about the least diameter one can readily grasp with any strength. Make the topping lift the same diameter as the main halyard so that it can be used as a back-up halyard should you loose the primary. Further, do yourself a favor and add a Garhaurer rigid vang to your rig. The size needed for the 2-27 is quite affordable and it will dramatically improve your control of the leach of the main when reaching or running off as well as supporting the boom and eliminating the need of the topping lift which sheave can then be used for a dedicated secondary halyard.

FWIW...
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