OK, I really struggled to phrase this title, because I am sure there is some proper terminology I am missing....
But my question is, how much free rope/wire should I leave at the end of various bits of running rigging
? I have been sailing our boat for over a year now and there are a few bits of running rigging
that just seem too long.
For instance, the topping lift
has nearly 6 feet of spare rope
after the cleat, which has to be coiled up and tucked out of the way, which is a pain and gets in the way of the main halyard winch
Various halyards are all too long by two or three feet, particular the all wire halyards, which is a bit of a pain when raising the sail in question. You have to carefully wind
the first few feet of wire onto the drum, keeping tension with your hand, so that it does not do that SPROING! thing, till you get some tension from the sail. (Yes, I know, some people hate all wire halyards, but they are what I have and I am rather fond of them aside from this issue.)
for the MPS are insanely long, so long that I wondered if they had been inadvertantly doubled in length when ordered. I know you need lots of extra on the MPS so it can be tacked around the front of the forestay, but yikes.
So what do people suggest is a sensible amount of "extra" for these various bits of rigging? Will I be cursing myself if I trim a few down to a more managable length?