Update on the main halyard twist on the Helia 2:1. Not sure there is a real fix for it other than replacing the halyard which we are doing with 12mm Dynex (dyneema)with a polyester cover. We'll try better quality cordage than supplied by FP and make sure we run it straight out flat before threading the replacement. Not sure what else to try....not sure I like the idea of a swivel on dead end of the main halyard....just something else that can fail.
In regard to the difficulty noted by Starry Horizons in a previous post with dropping the main in 35 - 40 knots and a sea running and the main wanting to run back up the mast. We too have experienced the problem and believe it is due to the fact that the luff of the main on the Helia (especially the lower four battens) are spaced a long distance apart which allows the wind
to get at a substantial portion of the luff of the mainsail
From the tack of the mainsail
luff to the first batten car the distance is: 4.25m, first batten car to the second batten car is: 3.6m, second batten car to third batten is: 3.5m, and the third batten to the fourth is: 3.15m.
When dropping the main with several approx. 4m folds of unsecured luff flapping in 35+knots and heading up in a sea.....the main is going to be hard to control.
I can't say why FP dropped out the intermediate cars, but in my view they should be there as the main is harder to control than it needs to be for a cruising boat
Interesting enough, FP has now started installing intermediate cars on the Saba
50 with a flexible whipping..... (see the attached photo).
The fix is to install several additional intermediate cars and a corresponding eye or strap on the mainsail luff for attaching the cars to the mainsail and modifying the lazy bag on the boom to fit the additional cars that will stack up.
I believe the base cost of intermediate the Z Spar car is about 150 Euros each, plus whatever modifications to mainsail and lazy bag, so it is not a cheap
I will be writing to Incidences to get their advice on type and the positioning of mainsail luff attachments and pass on when I get an answer.