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Old 23-06-2012, 02:36   #1
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Fitting A Main Halyard

Before I go and make a fool of myself down the boatyard, does anyone have any good tips on how to fit and thread a main halyard. The mast is down. Cheers guys.
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Re: Fitting A Main Halyard

Is the old halyard still in place??.
If it is, stitch/whip an eye on to the ends of the new and old halyard using whipping twine, connect the two halyards, and pull the new one through with the old
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Re: Fitting A Main Halyard

i glued together a 20m section of rigid plastic 15mm water pipe with a loop on one end.
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Re: Fitting A Main Halyard

If the old halyard is out, then like Atoll suggests, or get hold of one those fishing wires that are used to pull through electrical cables
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+1 on that if you have a welded on masthead sheave assembly.
taking the sheave pulleys out to run the halyard,then reassembling once the halyard is in also makes life easier if you have that type of set up.
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Before I go and make a fool of myself down the boatyard, does anyone have any good tips on how to fit and thread a main halyard. The mast is down. Cheers guys.
ha ha! looked at the boat! its tiny!
you may have to remove the mast head fitting,should just be one bolt attaching it to the mast with the rigging tangs for you uppers through it as well.
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Thanks guys. Got the main sorted. The old halyard was there which made it easy. Now I need to do the same for the spinnaker only there's no sign of the old halyard.
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Thanks guys. Got the main sorted. The old halyard was there which made it easy. Now I need to do the same for the spinnaker only there's no sign of the old halyard.
As the mast uis down, it should be pretty easy. Make sure that any other ropes in the mast are secured and pulled tight before trying to run the spinny halyard through. Either like Alex suggested, use some rigid plastic pipe, or use fish tape or something similar.
Good luck.
I've run new halyards through from scratch, with the mast in place, it all worked out OK
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