With all these changes over the years, and all these older cats around, and everyone says "when you buy an older boat, you should replace all the rigging" I am surprised that they aren't all sold as a kit. I still haven't replaced mine yet, but spent over an hour looking thru the parts catalog trying to figure out what all I needed to replace and what it would cost. It was a little confusing for a newbie, what with all the US and Australian versions of everything. Had there been a kit that I knew would all work together properly on my boat for a fixed price, I probably would have ordered it all already.
It's not really a complaint, just some thoughts on how to make it easier for us to spend our money!
And a question for Matt along this same subject:
I have a 1982 H16. I will be buying new standing rigging in the spring. And if I can swing it, new sails as well. I'm guessing that the new sails will be cut to the most recent dimensions. (If that is an incorrect assumption please correct me.) The question is, if I replace ALL standing rigging will the latest cable lengths work on my boat? Thereby accomodating the most recent jib dimensions.