"Standard" running rigging locations?

Hope someone here can help me out. I purchased Quintessence, a small (31') schooner last year (it is listed in the the "Schooners" section). I have picked up a number of books on gaff rigs and schooners and have been able to translate a lot of what I have read into practice.
One question I have not been able to answer is whether there are "standard" pins for the different lines. I have pinrails on the shrouds and some pins and cleats on the masts and was wondering whether everyone puts the same lines on the same pins (ie fore throat halyard on the second starboard pin, peak on the third, etc.), or does everyone do what seems to work best on their boat. A quick mental inventory of Quintessence includes halyards for the jib, stay, fore throat & peak, main throat and peak; all main topsail lines; fore and main topping lifts; fore and main lazyjacks; masthead pennant halyards and spreader flag halyards. At some point I hope to add a fisherman. All sheets lead to the cockpit.
It would seem to make sense that standards would evolve in a fishing fleet over time, making moving from boat to boat easier, but I haven't found any reference to them. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

Interesting question. I'm

Interesting question. I'm curious and waiting to hear more about this. Won't be surprised if there is no formal established pattern but you raise an interesting point. How could someone jump on a new boat dead tired from traveling and very late in the afternoon in a pea soup fog and then, get called out in the middle of that first moonless night when there is a nasty chop and sharp rising gale and be able to sort out all the lines.


I think you started to answer your own question. The American Fishing Schooner by Howard I. Chapelle will give you an answer. Most importantly your leads should be fair. If you were at the meeting Jan Miles had made the statement that they found a design for the bobstay fitting in this book that answered thier concerns. If you are considering a fisherman check out how it was rigged. I know from my experience that the addition of the grab hook to my fisherman made setting and handing the sail a joy. I recomend the book but remember the size of your vessel and the size of the vessel Chapelle talks of.

Chapelle's Book

Ted, Thanks for the suggestion. I got the book about a week ago. Absolutely fascinating book. A veritable treasure trove of information. - Paul

"Standard" running rigging locations?

All good advice above. The pin rails by the mast(s) typically or should have a sway hook under them fastened through the deck. Thus halyards are passed under sway hook for tightening and then cleated to the pin rail which keeps the pin rail in compression toward the deck. If your pin rails are attached to the masts I would presume they were intended for the halyards. Keeping halyards around the masts keeps the coiled line clear of other lines and makes it easier and safer to drop sails quickly if needed.

I use the shroud pin rails for the fisherman halyard, jib halyards, spinnaker halyard and reachaway halyard. For ease of reference I use the forward pin(s) for the headsails, and the aft pins for the fish halyards, based on the fore and aft location of the sail and blocks to keep the halyard leads fair.

The locations seem to change depending on the rum and the crew. Aside from a fair lead, the most important thing is that the crew understands what is where, so if the fore deck person has a different scheme for that day, that's ok by me.

Best of luck. My wife would give you a completely different answer when she is running the boat.