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Old 08-05-2011, 22:15   #1
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Just Bought a Boat with Missing Halyard

Just bought a boat with missing halyard. My friend and I replaced one of them by connecting old one to a new one, but there is one missing and we can't use the same trick. I know that I will have to climb up to a top of a mast, but is there a fastest way to put the line through a mast?
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Old 08-05-2011, 23:01   #2
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Re: Just bought a boat with missing halyard

What size boat? Internal halyard?

The only way to thread it over the pully is to go up the mast.
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Re: Just Bought a Boat with Missing Halyard

Are you familiar with the process of running a mouse ? It is the only solution.
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Re: Just Bought a Boat with Missing Halyard

Its 27' O'Day. If internal means a haliard goes inside of a mast then yes its internal. What should I use instead of a mouse? Should I get through a much thinner line and then attach haliard and then pull it through?
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:23   #5
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Re: Just Bought a Boat with Missing Halyard

hi i normally use 12 kg fishing line,a thin wire with thin hollow lead sinkers threaded on it,cover with masking tape to make it smooth and flexable,feed this over the sheave at the top of the mast,un till it drops,have someone with a piece of bent wire hook it out of the lower exit hole,whilst you jiggle the fishing line.

next attach a heavier mouse line,pull this through,then attach halyard and pull it through,find wrapping a bit of masking tape around the join stops it catching.

happy fishing....
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Re: Just Bought a Boat with Missing Halyard

Hmmmm. I'll take that as a "No".

Buy a reel of 1/8" nylon string and cut off a length that is double the height of your mast. Double the line and tie a slip knot at the half way point. Grab a bosun's chair and some kind soul who will work for beer. Grab beer and keep cold - warm beer can initiate industrial disputation. Grab flashlight and cheap coathanger.

Tie one end of the string to something heavy and skinny. Maybe a couple of large shackle pins with a hole in the end, a large fishing sinker, a large eye bolt. Tie the other end to he halyard with a clove hitch. Tape over the point where the string passes the end of the halyard so that it becomes harder to catch on things.

Decide who is going up the mast and who is grinding. Grind person up the mast. Push weight and string through the empty halyard sheave and feed down. Stop at the knot which means in theory the string will be visible through the lower exit slot. Shine flashlight in to check and hook nylon with coathanger. Rotate hanger and pull string and hanger out. Pull halyard through with the string being careful to watch for jams at the top should the string jump off the sheave. Lower person down the mast.

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Re: Just Bought a Boat with Missing Halyard

I found using a length of bicycle chain to weight the messenger line made it quite easy to get the line over the halyard sheave.
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Re: Just Bought a Boat with Missing Halyard

Last time I used a lead weight but also tied a hacksaw blade into the 1/8" line. I then used a magnet on a stick to attract the hacksaw blade this made it really easy to retrieve the line that I had run down the mast. bicycle chain or some other chain would be better but a blade is what I had.
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