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Old 01-01-2013, 17:31   #1
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Halyard for Old-Style Roller Furling

My father has a motor sailer with a cutter rig. The outside jib is a modern system, but the inside jib has the old-style Schaefer system. This is nice because he often removes it entirely.

We are considering a new halyard. The existing is a two-part halyard, which does give extra tension AND helps control halyard twist by having two lines to the sail. It also makes for a long halyard!

We can deal with tension by grinding harder -- and remember it IS an inside jib on a motor sailer, so it does not need to be goood upwind!

Our question. Will a one-part sta-set-x or similar mid-tech halyard provide sufficient resistance to twist when furling? Or will it tend to twist terribly and damage the line?

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Re: Halyard for old-style roller furling

I have the same furler and use a regular sta-set halyard. As long as the swivel at the top is working properly you shouldn't have any twisting issues or wear on the halyard
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Re: Halyard for old-style roller furling

Thanks! I didn't think anyone used those old wire-luff style jibs anymore, so I really didn't expect an answer. Sounds like he's set if he removes his 2-part wire halyard and puts on a 1-part rope halyard (he'll check the sheave condition before he does it!).

Funny thing about those old wire-luff jibs -- they look an awful lot like those new-fangled Code-Zero furling systems...

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Re: Halyard for old-style roller furling

Yeah you don't see them very often these days. Mine came with the boat. I have hank-ons too but I use the furler almost exclusively. I'd prefer a normal furler because they're a bit smoother and easier to furl. And with the wire luff sails there's never enough tension on the luff to get real good windward performance. That's why the new ones sold mainly for downwind sails. If I were racing, which I'd probably never do, I would just use the hank-on sails instead. But it's good enough for now, and beats going forward when singlehanding
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