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Old 18-10-2016, 14:48   #1
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Halyard hitch needed on Main outhaul traveller?

First boat with a furling main and when I took the sails off the outhaul line was connected to the traveller with a halyard hitch. In the absence of seeing this, I would have used a bowline so it could easily be undone when taking the sail off.
Is there some significant advantage to a halyard hitch in this situation? It was a tough knot to undo in a hurry when I was trying to get the sail off as the breeze was picking up.

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Re: Halyard hitch needed on Main outhaul traveller?

I am knot all that familiar with furling mains, but on my slabbed reef main, a halyard hitch gets the knot really close to the clew of the sail, right onto the cringle.
With a bowline, the knot would be into the sheave before the foot of the sail was tensioned.

Quickest way to untie a halyard hitch is with a knive, thats how I undo mine.
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Re: Halyard hitch needed on Main outhaul traveller?

Waaaay back in my USCG boot camp marlinspike seamanship class, the bos'n referred to halyard hitch type knots as "hatchet hitches.
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Re: Halyard hitch needed on Main outhaul traveller?

Halyard hitches are jamming knots. They are suited to situations where they are left attached permanently ( such as to a shackle which is then used to clip on/off a sail). They are not a good solution where you want to frequently untie/retie the line.

How often do you expect to be removing the mainsail ?

As Nigel1 says, the advantage of the Halyard hitch is that you can snug it in close.

Not sure if it is applicable from your description (outhaul line attached to the traveller by a hitch), but you may like to consider switching to a soft shackle between clew and traveller.
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