Online Book: Maintaining a Cruising Boat, Chapter 22 of 24

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 is passionate about sailing, and refitting three boats for ocean sailing has taught him a lot about systems and gear, and how to prioritize, optimize and simplify them for crossing oceans. He holds both USCG Master Mariner and RYA Yachtmaster Ocean credentials. He has been published in SAIL, Yachting World, SpinSheet and other publications. Together with Mia Karlsson, his wife and partner, he runs 59 North, Ltd., through which they offer offshore sailing adventures, host a podcast, and do boat deliveries.

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