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Rope Length

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General guideline for rope lengths in meters

Below you can find some rule of thumb for rope lengths on board of your boat. These are generic guidelines and no rights can be derived from this. Make sure to crosscheck these values with the specific situation on board of your ship. The best way to figure out what length your halyards, sheets and control lines should be, is to measure the old ropes before you replace them.

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Guidelines for length of halyards


  Main halyard

  Mast length x 2.5

  Genoa halyard

  Mast length x 2.5

  For fractional rig: Mast length x 2

  Spinnaker/ gennaker halyard

  Mast length x 2.5


Guidelines for length of sheets

  Main Sheet

  Boat length x 2.5

  Genoa Sheet

  Boat length x 1-1.5

  Spinnaker sheet/ Guy

  Boat length x 2


Guidelines for length of control lines


  Boom length x 2

  Boom vang

  Boom length x 2


  Boom length x 1

  Reefing lines – reef 1

  Boom length x 2.5

  Reefing lines – reef 2

  Boom length x 3


Guidelines for length of mooring lines and anchor rode

For mooring lines we advise to take one-and-a-half times the boat length. Of course, this also depends on your personal preference. Often you would have at least two mooring lines of one-and-a-half times the boat length and two mooring lines of one boat length on board. For your home marina, we often splice the mooring lines customized to the dimensions of the berth. You can protect these mooring lines with a chafing cover or a stainless steel thimble at critical points.

  Mooring line

  Boat length x 1.5

  Anchor rode

  Maximum water depth x 5