I am about to change my furling line.My present one is 5/16 but feel 1/4 inch should be big enough.Any comments?
- 4 weeks later…
It is very unlikely that you would ever break a furling line at 1/4 or even less, depending on the material.
One consideration if you are using it for reefing, not just furling, is whether the existing cleat will securely grip the smaller line. Nothing worse than a furling line that slips in the cleat as it will only happen when there is already lots of pressure in the sail, so the last thing you want is more sail being unfurled!
The bigger issue, particularly on small boats and if winches are not used, is whether the size of rope is too small to comfortably pull, considering also if you wear gloves or not when sailing. You might find 1/4 inch fine for strength but too painful to pull with bare hands
Thank you Mark.What you say makes a lot of sense.