We finally got around to replacing our running rigging on our sailboat, a small project I know but the old ones were old, stiff and frayed; I think I just described myself (Rob)? Running rigging for those who are unfamiliar with the term (I’m keeping this basic) consists of halyards (lines that go from the deck to the top of the mast & raise/lower the sails) and sheets (lines that generally run perpendicular to the deck & control the sails side-to-side directions). We’ve never done this before, but it seemed pretty easy; connect old and new lines, don’t let lines fall from top of mast, easy! The hardest part of this exercise was the heat! As most of you know, we spend most of our time in the arctic where the temperature range in the year varies from -60ºC to +20 ºC. The heat we do get in the arctic summer is dry; the heat I experienced the day we changed our running rigging was +27ºC and humid. I know boo hoo I should be cherishing this weather, and I am but it is hot! We do have plans to replace our standing rigging (usually wire lines that don’t move & keep the mast centred) at the end of the summer, maybe the Fall. If you want a great description on the step-by-steps of running/standing rigging, check out Tate & Dani’s boat/site ‘Sundowner Sails Again‘, an awesome site!
The photos below show some of the lines that we replaced for the main, jib and staysail halyards. – Rob and Sophia