Originally Posted by prissypatty
I am brand new to sailing and have had only two days of sailing classes
. I recently purchased a 27 Hunter
from a gentleman who owned the boat for only 3 years and was almost as green as I am. I suppose looking back I should have had him raise the sails
to be sure everything was working properly but the boat in general is in excellent condition. However now I have a problem. With the help of a local sailor we attempted to raise the jib on a furling system. We were able to raise however the line in the drum was jammed and we could not fully roll the sail. We ran out of time for the day and he was not sure how to unjam so we hand wrapped the sail and tied it so it would not blow in the wind
. Step two I did some online research
and found a solution to that problem however after lowing the jib we were then not able to pull the halyard back up. It seems to be catching or is off track at the top of the mast. So we folded and stored the jib and his suggestion is to either hoist my son to the top of the mast to see what is wrong or take to a near by boat yard to have addressed. Anyone have any idea what could have gone wrong and are those my to options? We still haven't unjammed the line in the drum either. I have had the boat for 3 weeks and have yet to sail. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
1-Is Your halyard a combination wire/rope?
2-Does this Halyard run all the way to the top of the masthead?
3-What "overall" condition are Your halyards?
1-If it's (Your headsail/jib halyard) a combination halyard, the wire portion may EITHER be worn, or Not long enough causing it to be jammed up at the sheaves (pulleys In the Top of the mast)
2-The sheaves may be bad, as in overly worn,
3-The line (whether wire or rope) may have "jumped off track" of that Sheave in the masthead...again a problem of worn sheaves, or their securing pins (like little axles that the wheels turn on) and gotten "wedged in" on either side of same...all the "tugging" in the world is only going to make it Worse
The Repair is easy, aside the location.
A bosun's chair & an assistant (along with an absent fear of heights) will be necessary. Tools required are a rubber mallet, medium ball pein hammer, pair of needle nose plyers, phillips & slotted screwdrivers, a can of corrosion
block/corrosion "x", a pair of adjustable wrenches(just in case), a couple small punches along w/a fair assortment of small to medium cotter pins.
You'll need the assistant to raise You up the mast on the main halyard to a suitable height to see and service
the problem. Secure the safety
line to somewhere on the masthead (Never TRUST only the halyard to keep You where You are...it's a long way down to the spreaders, and much further to the deck).
Inspect and verify the problem. If it's the halyard, so be it. IF it's the sheave, so be it, if the pin, You get the drift...My recommendation is to always replace Everything. It's due. That "axle" sheave pin is secured in place 1 of 2 ways. It's either a nut/bolt assembly(ergo the 2 adjustable wrenches) or it's a pin assembly with washers and cotter pin securing same (ergo the needle nose pliers). Remove it (You'll have to for Either Replacement of sheave OR Replacement of Halyard). You may need the hammer(s) &/or punches to drive out the pin if it's seen no service
previously. Gently! Look and measure to make sure the Mail Sail halyard (that You're hanging on) as well as it's sheave and pin are exactly the same as the headsail halyard configuration, then get lowered back down.
Go to Your local marine
store (or call Hunter direct w/Hull ID Number in Alachua, FL.:
Hunter Marine Corporation
14700 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL 32615-8532
and find out/order the replacement parts
(also get a replacement LED Anchor light BULB
Connect w/Your friend/assistant again and repeat the process in reverse to reinstall the updated/new parts
. Add a liberal coating of the "corrosion prevention product (as they are both an elcellent lubricant as well) to the entire masthead area, including the sheaves You're hanging from as in Main vs. headsail. IF secured by cotter pin(s), put a nice 360 degree twist on both ends once installed so there's no chance of it chafing anything up there. IF You have a masthead mounted VHF
or other antenna(s), remove the PL259(or other) connection(s), spray both ends(inside) with the corrosion
product and reinstall. Now whip out either the phillips(most likely) or slotted screwdriver and remove the cover & lens over the anchor
light fixture. Remove the bulb (push down & twist counter clockwise is the usual technique), spray receptacle with corrosion product, replace w/the new LED Version. Have Your assistant go flip the switch for it (w/the battery
position at "ALL") and make sure that brand new bulb works! Reinstall the lens and cover. Then get lowered down to the spreaders, swap halyards on Your bosun's chair and get raised back up on the "new" headsail halyard...never forgetting to secure a safety line to the masthead) & repeat the sheave and pin process for the mainsail
halyard sheaves as well.
The point was/is/ALWAYS WILL BE...if You're going UP the Mast...Do EVERYTHING while You're there, for next WEEK, if You Don't...that bulb will be burned out. The week after that the antenna
connection will be a problem...get the picture?
YOU own a boat now...Murphy was an optimist. Fix it...You're probably the 1st person up there in at least 4-5 years...do it right, or don't bother borrowing somebody's bosun's chair. You'll sleep better at night, and sail more often, because You KNOW it was done RIGHT.
Get lowered back down to the deck
Check to make sure it now functions properly.
Open two beers and celebrate.
(or go sailing)
(it doesn't have to be done in the order suggested, it SHOULD ALL Be done at once, while You're up there...& done right)
-Mick (a rigger)
PS: contracting any "rigger" who does this work for You...IF they have to make more than TWO(2) trips up the mast...be afraid; very afraid...they are no rigger. We take MORE than we'd need of Everything we might even Possibly Need, every trip up...that's why bosun's chairs have ALL those pockets! For extended time/service aloft we bring our own well trained assistant, a service line to the deck and a small canvas
"bucket" for anything unusual tool or part wise that we may need...they pull it from our tool box(es) and put it in the bucket (rough job, huh?) and we raise the bucket from the "tool/part" well and finish the task at hand. Going "up and down" is THE Most Dangerous part of the process; having been doing this for 30+ years, that trip is taken once, twice tops.