If you currently have "running rigging" of the correct
length, measure each line and duplicate it.
Otherwise, here's a guide:
Running Rigging - BoatTECH - BoatUS
Halyards and sheets
are fairly simple to do, but as the guide points out, mainsheet systems vary, which will greatly effect the needed length. If you have an existing mainsheet, then you can duplicate it.
As soon as you know the needed lengths, you're going to need to get the appropriate diameters and you'll need to decide what kind of line to buy (brand, and how much stretch for each line).
Lucky me, my 1996 Catalina
28 has all the specifications in the manual.
You might also see if there is any sort of owner's forum or resource for your particular boat.
If there is a good rigger in you area, you might be able to save yourself a lot of trouble. If it costs a little more to have a professional evaluate your situation, consider how expensive it will be to get a sheet, halyard
, or mainsheet that's too short. Line for running rigging
is too expensive to make mistakes
While you're updating your running rigging
, you should also inspect the sheaves at the top of your mast
. When I bought my 19 year old Catalina
, I quickly discovered that the main halyard
required too much effort to raise the sail. Inspections of the sheaves revealed that they were cracked, broken, and turning to dust. I replaced all four, and used a ball bearing sheave for the main halyard. Now, everything's as smooth as butter.
Running rigging may not be a major expense, but still, it's a considerable expense. On my boat, I have replaced the genoa sheets
, the line for the traveler, and a new topping lift
. I keep a maintenance
log on the boat, and am tracking the dates that I replace each piece of running rigging. You may find that you might be able to replace your running rigging a little at a time, unless it's a total wreck. Sailboats produce a powerful sucking effect on your wallet, and I'm pretty sure you'll find additional places to spend money
on your boat.