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Many thanks Oliver, I’ll keep an eye on the bargain bin in the local chandlery for something reasonably priced. (on the offchance anyone happens to have one surplus in their boxes of bits, please do message me I’m sure we can come to an arrangement!).
All the best
Thanks also Windy and Simon for the advice. Sounds like you had fun in Dorset, Simon.
Thanks Oliver thats a great start – good idea to get some 2×2 and check stowage. I’ll take those notes down and see what that looks like. I see one oar seller recommending oar length as 1.5x beam so will add that to the mix.
Ah great, many thanks again. The bobble is definitely something I’ve seen before, now you point it out. Looks like a good option to me. Shrouds I think are actually in good condition, though I will do a close inspection as suggested. There is a wire kicker that has some broken strands, at first glance it looks as though the jib halyard that I am removing would make a good replacement once cut down.
Splicing is definitely on my list of skills to learn, but may be one for dark winter nights yet to come!
Many thanks Oliver and Steve for the comprehensive replies, I think it sounds like rope is definitely the way to go. My only reservation is splicing an eye in – I would love to do it and there are lots of good resources out there but I have a slight concern I will end up with a length of rope and a new tool and a(nother) job at the end of a pretty long list! So maybe I will look to buy a length with an eye spliced in for me, or would it be acceptable just to tie the halyard to the main?
Lifespan of wire rope is an interesting point, I imagine the shrouds must be well over 10 years.
ps any top tips for cleaning the mast, other than hot soapy water and elbow grease? !