Originally Posted by snickets
Hi guys. Somewhat of a noob at sailboat maintenance here. I just bought a sailboat last summer and now when inspecting the rigging I noticed that the forestay doesn't look too good. Does it need replacing or could I just "rotate it back to into shape", will it hold (none of the threads are broken)?
Snickets, I'm not an expert on everything by any means but I do know about this one. That is a very serious problem. Your forestay is compromised and needs to be replaced. See, what happened there is going to happen again.
PLEASE -- go to my blog (at the bottom of this post) and read the article "Your Mast
Could Come Down -- Really!" It's about that problem and what the fix is, which is a halyard restraint. It's not an expensive fix.
I actually know someone who had two new halyards in two days because the first guy who worked on their boat replaced the forestay but didn't fix the halyard problem. That's inexcusable but it happened.
on my blog of the "fix" shows a more expensive device, but often a simple pad eye works well.
Don't just replace the forestay. Redirect the headsail halyard as well.