PAUL H CULLEY
hi all, thinking of changing running rigging from rope to wire to dyneema , apart from costs any comments and advice i.e. size?
Obvious way to go if you need to replace the old stuff……reality with dyneema is that it is more than strong enough even in small sizes so the 2 issues to consider are what size are you comfortable handling with hands and then also what is the size of your existing cleats or clutches, because if you go for a line that is plenty strong enough and also ok for your hands, you might still find it is too small for your existing hardware, so that needs changing.
For example, Saraband’s main halyard is 6mm dyneema, but even with the smallest Spinlock XS clutch, there is a little creep as the race progresses……….which we overcome by having to put a half hitch back around the standing part of the halyard, rather negating the purpose of the £40 clutch!! Interestingly the same size rope and clutch doesn’t slip on the headsail, probably due to lower loads??
Other advice is also to make sure you have them long enough that you can cut back the ends and move the chafe points on the sheaves and also in the clutches / cleats. I reverse the halyards every couple of years and also take 6-8″ off them at the same time just to move the wear points around…..shackles are only tied on! Saraband’s halyards all over 10 years old.
PAUL H CULLEY
thanks mark for info , i have had a very good price from performance rigging in hamble , i am going with rope to wire using 10mm rope , maybe see you on the water sometime!!!