Best to use synthetic line like Dyneema
, etc for the pennant. The line is super easy to splice and work with, won't chafe, is lighter than the wire and stronger. Check the internet
out for splicing instructions for these new synthetics. Splicing them is really easy. Also a good excuse to change over to synthetic line halyards if your wire halyard is compromised.
It's your money
but adding a halyard control device and pennant is very doable on your part. One piece of gear
that has made my working on the rig super easy is a Mast Climber from ATN ATN Mastclimber | Single Handed Bosun Chair | Climbing the Mast
or the Topclimber http://www.topclimber.us
The ATN version has easy to attach rope
climbers that don't need to be threaded from the bitter end. Find the ATN way more convenient to use with a halyard. You'll have to chose whether the additional cost is worth the better climbing hardware
. You cold also make up a similar device using mountain climbing hardware
and harness. I've found the Mast Climber seat/harness to be way comfortable having hung in it for an hour or more working on the mast. The beauty of these climbers is no help needed in going up the mast and no one to accidentally dump the halyard and drop you or get an overide on the winch and strand you. The Mast Climber is one of the best buys I've made for the boat and has paid for itself many times over. One call to a rigger will pay for it.