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Dynice Dux, Part 1: Practical Low-Stretch Rope Rigging For Offshore Sailboats

Andy and Mia's Allied Seabreeze Yawl, "Arcturus" that they re-rigged entirely with Dux,

Andy and Mia’s Allied Seabreeze Yawl “Arcturus” that they re-rigged entirely with Dux.

Since writing about the three refits I’ve done for offshore voyaging, the most comments I’ve received are from people interested in the synthetic Colligo Dux rigging we fitted on Arcturus. That rigging project was the funnest part of the entire refit and, six years later, Arcturus is still sailing strong with her synthetic shrouds and lifelines.

But Dux is not for everyone, nor is it suitable for every use. So here’s a look at what it is, where it’s great, where it’s not so good, and why it can be considered to have already passed John’s 20-year field test.

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Meet the Author

Andy Schell

Andy grew up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay (literally from the time he was in diapers). As a boy he sailed south with his family and spent the winter cruising the Bahamas. He met Mia on a backpacking trip in New Zealand in 2006, and the two have been seeking adventures together ever since. They've logged almost 50,000 bluewater miles and have crossed the Atlantic a combined seven times. Andy and Mia share the joys of offshore sailing with others on their Swan 48 "Isbjorn" and through Andy's phenomenally popular On The Wind Podcast.

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