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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

Andy grew up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and spent a year cruising Bahamas with his family.

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 over 70,000 bluewater miles and have crossed the Atlantic a combined nine times (5 for Mia, 4 for Andy).

Andy and Mia share their love of offshore sailing by taking paying crew on voyages on their Swan 48 “Isbjorn” and through their wildly popular podcast On The Wind

Andy & Mia are based in Sweden when they’re off the boat & love endurance sports!

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