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APS Rigging Information

APS Rigging Information

We Custom Make Rigging When You Order It
If you would like to use a wire/line type, diameter, length or configuration different than what we have listed below, give our Customer Service Department a call at (800)729.9767 and we’ll be happy to customize a solution for you.

Comments and Suggestions
APS is here to support your class and we welcome any opportunity to improve our offerings - if you have suggestions or recomendations, we'd love to hear from you. Please feel free to email us your comments and suggestions.

When Will Your Order Ship?
APS will contact you with within one business day with a day-definite shipping date for your rigging order. All rigging orders are processed on a first come, first served basis and our shipping dates are determined by the current volume of orders in our Rigging Department. Please be aware that at the peak of our season (May - August), rigging times may exceed three business days.

For quicker navigation of our available options, you may choose from the list below or scroll through this page for all of our class legal Thistle rigging options:

Halyards
Thistle Main Rope Halyard Thistle Rope Jib Halyard Thistle Spinnaker Halyard
Thistle Stripped Vectran Main Halyard Thistle Stripped Vectran Jib Halyard Other Thistle Lines
Thistle Wire to Rope Main Halyard Thistle Wire to Rope Jib Halyard




Thistle Rope Main Halyard

Thistle Rope Main Halyard

Thistle Covered Dyneema Main Halyard
Diameter: 5/32"
Line Options:
Dinghy Control by FSE Robline High Performance Dyneema SK-75 core provides negligible stretch with a durable polyester cover, high quality design


Our Thistle main halyard is light weight, hard wearing and extremely low stretch. Made with Dinghy Control line spliced to a Race Lite Shackle. With the cover pulled back, the core is run through the center line hole on the top of the shackle and then around the body and back out the center hole into a brummel splice. The cover is then slid up flush with the shackle and seized in place for very clean termination. The bitter end is whipped.

THISTL100 Thistle Main Halyard: Dinghy Control w/Shackle Price: $54.72


Thistle Stripped Vectran Main Halyard

Thistle Stripped Vectran Main Halyard

Thistle Stripped Vectran Main Halyard
Diameter: 1/8' and 1/4"
Line Options:
Yale Vectrus 12 High Performance Uncovered Vectran single-braid provides zero stretch with zero water absorption


Our Thistle main halyard is stripped at the end, with a stopper ball. Just pass a loop through the sail and around the stopper ball for maximum hoist every time. It is set up to cleat on the mast just above the deck. Both ends are whipped.

THISTL101 Thistle Main Halyard: Tie-On Stripped Vectran Price: $86.61


Thistle Wire to Rope Main Halyard

Thistle Wire to Rope Main Halyard

Thistle Wire to Rope Main Halyard

Our Thistle Wire to Rope Main Halyard is 7x19 3/32" wire spliced to 3/16" double braid line. Three halyard stop balls are swaged starting about 3" from where the wire begins, each are
1-1/2" apart.

We need you to supply the length from the shackle pin to the first stop ball. Line portion is left intentionally long so you can cut it to your desired length once installed on your mast.

APS090 Thistle Main Halyard 3/32 Wire to 3/16 Line Price: $158.24


Thistle Rope Jib Halyard

Thistle Rope Jib Halyard

Thistle Covered Dyneema Jib Halyard
Diameter: 5/32"
Line Options:
Dinghy Control by FSE Robline High Performance Dyneema SK-75 core provides negligible stretch with a durable polyester cover, high quality design


Our Thistle Jib Halyard is light weight, hard wearing and extremely low stretch. Made with Dinghy Control spliced to a Race Lite Shackle. With the cover pulled back, the core is run through the center line hole on the top of the shackle and then around the body and back out the center hole into a brummel splice. The cover is then slid up flush with the shackle and seized in place for very clean termination. The bitter end is whipped. Comes in multiple colors to ease confusion.

THISTL110 Thistle Jib Halyard: Dinghy Control w/Shackle Price: $48.12


Thistle Stripped Vectran Jib Halyard

Thistle Stripped Vectran Jib Halyard

Thistle Stripped Vectran Jib Halyard
Diameter: 1/8' and 1/4"
Line Options:
Yale Vectrus 12 High Performance Uncovered Vectran single-braid provides zero stretch with zero water absorption
New England Sta-Set Club/Economy Performance Polyester core provides moderate stretch; some water absorption


Our Thistle jib halyard is set up to exit the mast, run through a single, below deck purchase block and cleat on the deck. Both Ends are whipped.

THISTL111 Thistle Jib Halyard: Tie-On Stripped Vectran Price: $80.49


Thistle Wire to Rope Jib Halyard

Thistle Wire to Rope Jib Halyard

Thistle Wire to Rope Jib Halyard

Our Thistle Wire to Rope Jib Halyard is 7x19 3/32" wire spliced to 3/16" double braid line. Three halyard stop balls are swaged starting about 3" from where the wire begins, each are
1-1/2" apart.

We need you to supply the length from the shackle pin to the first stop ball. Line portion is left intentionally long so you can cut it to your desired length once installed on your mast.

APS091 Thistle Jib Halyard 3/32 Wire to 3/16 Line Price: $158.24



Thistle Spinnaker Halyard

Thistle Spinnaker Halyard
Diamter: 5/32"
Line Options:
Marlow Super Pre-Stretch Mid-Range Performance Pre-stretched Polyester provides slight stretch with low water absorption; runs quickly
FSE Robline 8 Plait Pro Mid-Range Performance Polyester/Taslan with Polyester Core; Great feel, holds very well in cleats, Very low stretch


We have two options for spinnaker halyards. Marlow’s Super Prestretch for spinnaker halyards due to it’s slightly stiffer feel (runs great during a tack down). 8 Plait Pro feels great and holds very well in cleats. Very low stretch. Both are 5/32” diameter and work well if you use a pump-cleat for hoisting.

These are simply cut lengths (heat sealed ends). Sold by the foot, so when ordering indicate the length you would like.

MRSPS316 Super Pre-Stretch: 5mm (~3/16") Price: $0.59 RBL8PP532 8 Plait Pro: 4mm (5/32") Price: $0.44



Other Thistle Lines

Thistles are very unique from boat to boat as far as control systems and line lengths. We provide the following as a guide to some more common line specs. Your lengths may vary. Please visit our line pages for a full selection and to order.

Spinnaker Sheets: 3/16”(light weight) or 1/4”(crew kind) Yale Lite or Swiftcord
Jib Sheets: 1/4” Yale Lite or Swiftcord
Mainsheets: Swiftcord, 5/16” (runs well) or 3/8” (easy on the hands)

For more information on the lines we are using please visit these links:
Maffioli Swiftcord Yale Light Competition


GMSF14 Swiftcord: 6mm (1/4") Price: $1.02 GMSF316 Swiftcord: 5mm (3/16") Price: $0.74
GMSF38 Swiftcord: 9mm (3/8") Price: $2.14 GMSF516 Swiftcord: 8mm (5/16") Price: $1.77

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