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Peregrine Posted - 05/19/2022 : 10:47:29
I have a standard rig C-25 with a rope to wire main halyard.
What width do we use? I measured 5/8th but wanted to double check. Is 7/16th OK? My lines come back to the cockpit so I need 41 feet.
Thanks for your help.
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Kim Luckner Posted - 07/19/2022 : 15:45:04
Make sure you check on your rope clutch to see what diameter it wants. I assume you have them since your lines are coming to the cockpit. I too have rope to wire halyard and think mine is at least 3/8 maybe 7/16. Grab a hold of the rope and see how it feels before you buy.
dmpilc Posted - 07/19/2022 : 12:38:35
Given your wire-to-rope setup, it sounds like your only real concern is "in the hands " and sheaves in the deck turning blocks. A 5/16" diameter good quality, low stretch line gives plenty of strength. A 3/8" line might feel better in the hands. Anything over 3/8" is probably overkill and a waste of money.
Before I changed out to all rope, I went with Sta-Set X line.
You might try it on one halyard and see how you like it, then decide if you want it on both halyards. It is a little stiffer than Sta-set.
I remember another member bought New England Ropes VPC line and was very happy with it. After switching to all rope, I selected the VPC line and was pleased with it.
Volksaholic Posted - 05/25/2022 : 04:28:02
On this Catalina 25 parts list they specify 35' of 5/16" dacron for the rope halyard, assuming you're going to winch/cleat on the mast.
Peregrine Posted - 05/21/2022 : 15:50:33
Originally posted by Voyager

I usually use 85 ft for the halyards. It’s roughly 30’ up, 30’ down and 15’ to the cockpit.

Thanks ruce
I am staying with the rope to wire system that I have so it's just the mast height and back to the cockpit.
Voyager Posted - 05/21/2022 : 06:52:49
I usually use 85 ft for the halyards. It’s roughly 30’ up, 30’ down and 15’ to the cockpit.
Stinkpotter Posted - 05/19/2022 : 16:25:57
It seems the "standard" is 5/16". Larger might jam in the mast-head sheaves (which should be replaced if you're replacing the original wire-to-rope halyards). My 5/16ths, the standard from CD matching their sheaves, was reasonable on the hands. 7/16ths, 5/8ths or even 1/2" is pretty big--I wouldn't go bigger than 3/8ths.


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