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Old 25-10-2011, 15:48   #1
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Stick Up Halyard Storage

When you store your boat with the mast up through the winter do you pull your halyards off? If so is there a good way to do this so that you are guaranteed not to loose whatever dummy line you send up in its stead?
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Re: Stick Up Halyard Storage

In years past I haven't pulled or done anything to the halyards. But this year I'm thinking of wraping the ends with something for UV protection, attaching a messager line to pull back down in the spring, and pulling them to the top. This is so they don't get UV exposure all winter.
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Re: Stick Up Halyard Storage

I was thinking of attaching a messenger and just taking the halyards all the way out. I just worry that if I am using a smaller line as the messenger I might jam or slip a sheev at the masthead. That would be bad.
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Re: Stick Up Halyard Storage

I pull through an old retired halyard that is the same size line. It eliminates the problems with having the wrong size line and realistically, it could support a lot of weight if necessary.

To attach the two lines, I sew together the two ends so they but up together nicely and then put 2 turns of duct tape over it to make it ride nicely. The sewing takes the load and the duct tape provides the alignment.
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