Hi. I am in the process of completely overhauling my rig and deck gear on my Searunner 40, which I built and launched in 1978 (sail number 68). As a 35+ year-old boat, a lot of stuff has already been replaced with more modern gear and materials, but I did start out being one of the first West System boats in L.A.
I won't get into the non-rig related stuff I've done (unless anyone actually wants to know), but I'd appreciate hearing some comments and suggestions regarding this phase of my project. I recently retired as a shipwright in San Diego and am preparing to cruise full time one year from now. Hence the rig overhaul.
I am going to be changing out the mast (or heavily modifying the existing one) to actually be a cutter rig, with internal halyards, full-batten main, and roller furlers on the jib and staysail. I am replacing all of my old winches and replacing with new Harkens: The halyard winches (using banks of clutches) will both be 35.2 STA units, the genoa sheet winches will be 50.2 STAs as I am older than I was when I built this craft. The main sheet is going to be a 40.2 STA, and the two staysail sheet winches will be an older set of 22s, also STAs.
My traveller, about 10 feet long, spans the cabintop and connects with the boom about 3/4 of the way out. The gooseneck will be fixed at about 8 feet above the cockpit (currently it's a slider, about 7 feet up), since I'm adding a Bimini, to accompany the new hard dodger in the works.
All sails will be new, with the exception of the existing assymetric. I may, or may not, consider a code 0.
Any observations or comments?