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Old 11-07-2004, 17:36   #1
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I Give Up! How Does One Do this ?

I am unhappy with how the yard that sold me my new boat has run the running rigging. It does not comport with either the boat's manual or with common sense. The problem is I need to run lines through a system of blocks and fairleads and line stoppers, clutches, locks (I am not sure what they are called; my prior experience includes sailing with this gear but not setting up rigging with it). I have a Catalina 270 and the line must go from a block secured to the base of the mast, through a block, then through a space with Lord knows what between the coach roof and the deck, out through another block, and then through the line stopper. I cannot get the lines to feed through all of this. I tried a variety of line sizes, thinking the smaller lines could be messengers for the actual line but could not get any size line through. Is this done with smoke and mirrors? Any help will be appreciated. I need to run a mainsheet, outhaul, topping lift and reefing line through.
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Old 11-07-2004, 20:47   #2
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I don't know how Catalina does it but Beneteaus and most other boat builders that I know of that have concealed lines run aft, have a removeable line cover. If you look around the edges of the cabin top deck in the area that covers the lines there should be screw fastenings that allow you to remove this portion of the deck for cleaning and to gain access to the lines running through. I have also had success using small diameter (3/8) rigid PVC to feed lines and wires through masts. Perhaps the same would work if you can't get the deck off.

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Old 12-07-2004, 16:25   #3
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Thank you Jeff. I have to wait for friday night to see my boat again but I will be prepared with screwdrivers and thin, long pvc.

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You can also buy a "fish tape" at the local mega hardware store. They are in the electrical section. They are a coiled up steel wire that is very stiff and used to "fish" wires through electrical conduit and walls. It is handy for running wires and hoses through chases and bilges as well.
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make sure u push the stoppers right forrard and flat with the cabin top other wise its hard no impossable to push the lines frew.Hang in there '''
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I think he might have got it by now. The OP was in 2004. Sorry, can't resist, tried very hard.
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make sure u push the stoppers right forrard and flat with the cabin top other wise its hard no impossable to push the lines frew.Hang in there '''
If he is still working on it,--he gets the award for "hanging in there"
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Actually, I finished it, and several other projects, all with the kind help of this forum. Then, as with one prior boat, once I had it ready to go cruising beyond the Chesapeake Bay, despite my cruising dreams I sold it as a true turn key boat to someone else. Looking now for my next project, which I hope will not get sold before sailing away.
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Ah, the rest of the story. It's always nice to see how a thread ends. Many times we're left wondering.
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