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Rope sizes for halyards

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I need to replace the halyard cleats on Tango & am trying to work out whether to get 4-8mm or 6-12mm. All the halyards that came with the boat are 10mm, but that seems quite big. What's the normal size for Sonatas?

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All Saraband's are 8mm dyneema and have proved fine. The sag in the forestay means that I periodically have to chop off some of genoa halyard as I get some chafe off the side of the genoa sheave housing, which does look quite smooth so not sure what else I can do. I just make sure I get the genoa halyard over-long so it has lots to be cut-off!

I use Spinlock XS (I think!) clutches which are advertised as the right size for the halyards but in reality have some slippage, especially on the main. I have had to thicken the halyard where it is held by the clutch 


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