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Old 20-12-2009, 08:09   #1
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Line for Jib / Main Downhaul

I bought a bunch of line yesterday, and had it in my head the 5/16 called for on my halyards could also be used for downhauls, but I see know that the downhaul could be 1/8 without a problem. However, is there anything bad performance or safety wise about using a heavier than called for line?

Obviously trying to run the downhaul through every hank isnt going to work with such a heavy line, but I've read online that isnt necessary anyway, all you need is the last slug and the head of the sail running down to a block.

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While 1/8 inch rope could be strong enough for a downhaul, it would be hard on your hands. I'd go with at least 1/4 inch.
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