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Old 17-10-2016, 19:15   #1
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Need New Main Halyard

Have a Tayana 37. I think the main is about 270sf. Need a new halyard. Any suggestions? I'm thinking 1/2 - 5/8 in.
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Old 17-10-2016, 20:21   #2
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Re: Need New Main Halyard

Seems very unlikely t hat the sheaves in the masthead box are big enough for 5/8 inch halyards. With MLX, 1/2 would be overkilll IMO, and 3/8 or 10 mm more the go. Lower friction, too.

FWIW, we use 10 mm spectra core double braid for the main halyard on our boat, mainsail is ~600 sq ft.

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Re: Need New Main Halyard

Changed to 7/16" dacron/exotic core braided halyard for ease of handing. Way overkill for strength. Used to have a 3/8"/10mm similar spec. line and it worked fine but got a deal on the larger 7/16"/11mm so went with it. Main is 270 sq. ft.

Even if I wasn't using the exotic line and had StaSet X, VPC or even straight old dacron, would not go larger than 7/16".
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Re: Need New Main Halyard

I never go less than 7/16 because older hands need something a bit more substantial to grasp. After several days at sea the larger diameter halyards are comforting....that may be age related also
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Re: Need New Main Halyard

Just go with 10mm VPC. It's strong enough, it's low enough stretch, and it's priced right. It's what I just replaced my main halyard with and I'm vary happy with it.
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