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Running Rigging Selection

Aaron Norlund

Hi all,

My father and I are finally in the process of purchasing a W32. She needs some interior work and exterior paint, but is sailable; we'll be bringing her home under via sail.

However, the boat needs all new running rigging. I have used double braid Dacron on boats in this size range. In fact, nearly everything I've sailed on in this size utilizes some sort of double braid. I've worked aboard a few tallships, having over a year logged on board, and the line of choice there is three strand, twisted polyester. These are clearly in different categories size wise.

I absolutely love three stand polyester - on the big boys, they use 3/4-1" for everything; sheets, halyards, control lines. I would like to use three strand polyester aboard our new W32 for its comfort, memory, and ease of splicing, but have read and been told by many sources that it is not "suitable" for halyard or sheet use. Clearly that isn't true as it's done on the tallships on which I've worked, but I'm curious if, when used as smaller lines (ie, 1/2" like would be used on the W32), there are issues.

Does anyone have experience with three strand, twisted polyester on W32s or comparable boats? I realize there is more stretch in three-strand, and there is a difference between filament and spun lines - I just don't have direct experience with <1/2" twisted polyester for halyards and sheets.

Thanks for your time!
Aaron Norlund


Congratulations on your purchase!
which one are you purchasing?
(I think Bud is interested too)

Aaron Norlund


W32 "Pintail" - we signed our end of the contract two days ago and the owners are going to get theirs done today. I'm uber excited as we've been looking at Westsails in excess of two years, and at this particular boat for about three months. Now we're just trying to gather up the things needed to get her home.

We're going to have to put a burner under the SW FL Rendevouz team.

Best to you all,
Aaron N.

Stephen and Lu Ann Yoder

On my previous boat, a Jay Benford yawl, I had nothing but 3-strand line. I don't know if it was polyester or not. The boat, although only 23', displaced 8,900 lbs. She was gaff-rigged and very old-fashioned looking (deadeyes/lanyards instead of turnbuckles for instance). Since she was my first boat, I didn't know any difference but I never had a bit of trouble with the 3-strand as running rigging. If I rememeber right, the halyards, sheets, etc. were all 1/2".

Congratulations on your purchase. Now comes the fun part.

-Steve Yoder

Bud Taplin

I always recommend and sell very low stretch polyester braid line. 7/16" size works well on all of the sheeves, and is plenty strong. 1/2" is difficult to run through many of the sheeves.

Steve & Vanessa


those of us in SW FL need a burner under us. A rendevouz is due.

Hurry up and get here.

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