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Old 27-08-2011, 15:25   #1
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Hurricane Prep and Jib Halyard

So wife and I were on the boat prepping for Irene. Took the head sail off the furler and was going to secure the halyard to the bow. But my wife says "why don't we haul it up so that it doesn't get wrapped on something". So for some reason I accepted the suggestion (because she should be obeyed).

When it was about half way up I started getting a bad feeling. Then just as it got to the top the feeling got worst and I suddenly realized why.

You guessed it; it is now up at the top of the mast with no way to pull it back down! And I feel REAL stupid now!

Hope I can rig a line using the spinnaker halyard to get it because I don't want to go up the stick so everyone in the field can see what an idiot I am.
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Old 27-08-2011, 15:36   #2
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Re: Hurricane prep and jib halyard

No Problem! Just go up to change your anchor light bulb and while you're coming down use the jib halyard as your "safety line".
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Re: Hurricane prep and jib halyard

Surely your wife is lighter and smaller than you so easier to hoist up the mast
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Re: Hurricane prep and jib halyard

You should have gone up the mast while doing prep and taken down all that extra masthead clutter. As long as you have one halyard available to go up again afterwards, you can fetch the jib halyard down while looking like a really cautious sailor who checks his masthead arrays after a blow. Nothing un-nautical at all about going up the stick for any reason.
Wishing us all luck....
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Old 27-08-2011, 15:40   #5
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Surely your wife is lighter and smaller than you so easier to hoist up the mast

Guess we will never use our head sail again if I'm expecting her to go up that stick
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Old 27-08-2011, 15:53   #6
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Re: Hurricane Prep and Jib Halyard

Don, reading that brought back my own "oh, duh!" moment! Even more so when I next remembered what that thing I had carefully labeled "messenger line" was doing in my forepeak sail locker!

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Re: Hurricane prep and jib halyard

Don:

Hope you did a good Homer Simpson "Doh" when you did this.
This is just another example of why olden sailors never like to have women on the ships. Though you can now ask her advice on how to get it down.
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Old 27-08-2011, 16:52   #8
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Though you can now ask her advice on how to get it down.
I'll be waiting for that too.
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"Skying" all the halyards is excellent storm prep. Normally one would use a small line tied to all the shackles to retrieve them with. It also saves them from sun damage. I do it all the time. climbing the stick without a halyard is a pain, indeed.
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Re: Hurricane prep and jib halyard

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Surely your wife is lighter and smaller than you so easier to hoist up the mast
I agree. And she's definitly at fault. "But my wife says "why don't we haul it up".
Now I am single so I don't know much about women. But just stand your ground. Are you a man or a mouse? Lassoo her then quickly hoist her before she can complain.

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While hoisting the wife to get the halyard seems fair, that may not play well. While I have not used one, a halyard retriever should work...
http://shop.hunterowners.com/detail.htm?group=1516

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Re: Hurricane Prep and Jib Halyard

I have a halyard retriever. His name is Connor, my oldest son. He also lubes the anemometer and washed green junk off the spreaders and upper masts.

Don, we all want to know how the boat came through the night...well I hope.

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Don, we all want to know how the boat came through the night...well I hope.

Todd

Don't know as it is a drive and I have things to do next couple of days. But it is now Monday morning and the sun is out and my phone isn't ringing, which I take as a good sign.
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