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Old 07-06-2013, 06:58   #1
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Doing It The Hard Way

Halyard replacement shouldn't be this hard, but why do it the easy way when it can be difficult, right?

I was going to raise the Mast Mate to replace the main halyard (missing), but I wanted to replace the jib halyard first. Butted the lines against each other and taped them. Gently hauled the new one up. Went through the masthead just fine and was coming back down when the lines parted. Ugh.

Used prussics around the mast to get up top. The new half inch halyards seem to feed better through the sheaves than the 3/8" did. These sheaves have grooves cut in them for the old wire to rope halyards, and the 3/8 would bind near the top. Hope that issue is fixed now.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:08   #2
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Re: Doing It The Hard Way

My mind is in the gutter...

Not the subject matter I thought at all...
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For what it's worth, I've heard that it's a good idea to replace the sheaves when changing from a wire/rope halyard to rope-only. Supposedly the wire groove will cause unnecessary wear on the rope.

And yes, I've also had a messenger line pull loose before. Oh well, it's an opportunity to inspect the rigging!
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need to stitch them together first.
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need to stitch them together first.
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For what it's worth, I've heard that it's a good idea to replace the sheaves when changing from a wire/rope halyard to rope-only. Supposedly the wire groove will cause unnecessary wear on the rope.

And yes, I've also had a messenger line pull loose before. Oh well, it's an opportunity to inspect the rigging!
Have used combination sheaves (grooved for both rope and wire) with rope many times with no ill effects. But do check for sharp edges or other potential chafe points on the sheaves and sheave boxes... they can wreak havoc on the new halyard.

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