Can somebody give me some recomended string diameters for kicker, cunningham,downhaul,spinnaker halyard and, with lengths too for jib, main and spinnaker sheets, for a vintage Merlin to be used on the river?
For a more recent boat I last used 4mm for all except jib main and spinny. General opinion on length varies according to boat/design, but 9m x 6mm (Marlow/Excel taper)to 4mm for the jib, 16m x 6mm (Marlow/Excel taper)to 4mm for the spinny. Main needs to be virtually twice as long as your mast, depending on where the halyard exits and how high up you want to reach to tie on the main, so 16m of 4mm Excel Racing or Vectran would be enough? Cunningham and OUThaul could be 4mm excel control and the kicker was 3.5mm D12 or V12 (Dyneema or Vectran). Can't recall how much I used for a 16:1 cascade, but might be a bit less than 8m. Main was bought at 8m I think, polylite 7mm
That's great - thanks. I'll try for vintage Dyneema!!