"tie a line between each of the steps" -
you mean horizontally ? -
that would work if your wire were at
the front, but mine is at the rear,
ie. same side as boom and sail -
or is vertically enough? I guess that
might prevent in-between step snags,
but not "around mast" snags.
I was thinking of making the halyard
wire go inside the mast somehow, ie
in an external track that slots into
the existing internal track or replaces
it. Are there such things?
Maybe loops of rope
between the sidestays and each step might work?
You'd need rubber cable washers
to hold the stay ropes in place -
any risks with that?
re:"making your slugs slide up and
down is more than half the problem"
- I agree, but getting the slug plate
to fit correctly is highly problematic.
It is held on by one bolt and a wing
nut which it seems to be impossible
to tighten sufficiently to hold in place.
Any advice on how to do this?
Thanks for all the responses!