2010 Class rules – Rope rigging now
The proposal to allow the use rope rigging was put to ISAF
in 2009 and has now been approved and incorporated in the
new 2010 Dragon class rules (rule 7.1)
The original proposal was initially rejected in 2008 due
to concerns about the lifespan of rope rigging. With this
in mind the IDA set up a testing programme involving several
sailors based at various locations around the world and after
a favourable response the decision to allow rope rigging was
During this testing period Petticrows have worked hard to
find an ideal combination of rope type, fittings and splices
which enables this system to be used effectively.
The main advantages of using rope rigging are:
Reduced chaffing from rigging on mainsail and fittings.
Freer running so rigging releases more easily during manoeuvres.
Ease of maintenance, no specialist tools are required to
Petticrows can supply rope rigging kits to enable conversion
of rigging from wire to rope.
Set of rope under deck runners £60 + VAT
Set of rope above deck runners £70 + VAT
Under deck rope backstay £25 + VAT
Above deck rope backstay £40 + VAT
New style deck swivels £42.00 each - 3 required (these
have larger diameter holes than existing swivels).
New style bone terminals £13.38 each – These
have smoother radiused bearing surfaces.
The existing bone terminals can be used however we recommend
that the holes edges are filed to radius them.
Wire rigging tends to damage the turning blocks, if damaged
blocks are used they will destroy the rope rigging.
We therefore recommend that the following blocks are inspected
and replaced if showing signs of wear if changing to rope
Harken 302 x 2 Through bulkhead runner blocks £31.25
+ VAT each
Harken 308 x 2 Underdeck runner blocks £59.26 + VAT
Harken 304 x1 Under deck backstay block £38.82 + VAT
To order any rope rigging parts please contact email@example.com
or through our online
Please note that changing to rope rigging may require your
mast to be remeasured to ensure compliance with class rules
(especially tip weight on fixed diamond mast).