Mailport: July 2011
Running Rigging Care
In 1975, I made all the running rigging for our C&C 25, including eye splices in double-braided polyester line from New England Ropes and wire-rope splices using New England Ropes double braid. I also made up two anchor lines and a set of docklines using three-strand nylon from West Marine.
After most uses, our lines are rinsed with fresh water. Once a year, all the lines are handwashed in laundry detergent and thoroughly rinsed before hanging them to dry. They are then stored in the boat for the winter.
The halyards I made in 1975 lasted 29 years in the New England sun, but at that point, really needed to be replaced. We still use our West Marine dock and anchor lines, which are still soft and supple.
We have had our share of cheap lines that have developed hockles and hernias. I firmly believe if owners choose and pay for good quality products and then spend the time to maintain them, there is no reason they should fail prematurely.
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