Members' Online Book: Sail Handling Made Easy, Chapter 31 of 31

Running Rigging Recommendations—Part 2

In Part 1 I shared our thinking on the best ropes to use for each type of running rigging. In this chapter I’m going to tackle the details: attaching sheets and halyards to sails, preferred rope diameter, and chafe prevention.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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