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Old 08-10-2014, 20:03   #1
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mast cap damage or wear n tear?

Hi there, I recently inspected the mast on my Aquarius 22 trailer-sailer to find considerable wear on both sides of the mast cap where the main halyard exits. It looks like the wire rope has been eroding the mast cap. Is this normal wear and tear? Iíve owned the boat for 1 season and Iím new to sailing. Also, the halyard looks like itís time to be replaced, any suggestions or advice is most appreciated. Thanks
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Re: mast cap damage or wear n tear?

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Wire is antique, get rid of it and get a decent halyard. Change the sheaves to rope based ones at the same time. Go to a good non stretch rope halyard easier to use, lighter, and won't chafe the mast... :-)
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Old 08-10-2014, 21:23   #3
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Re: mast cap damage or wear n tear?

Thanks, I'll post pics asap, What diameter rope for halyard do you suggest for 22ft boat, mast cap won't accept anything more than 6mm?
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Re: mast cap damage or wear n tear?

Modern cordage in 6mm is likely to be stronger than the wire you have now, depended on what is selected. Your local rigging shop can advise you on whats best. Count the strands in the wire halyard, measure it's dia and go along to the rigging shop and tell them what you are doing. They will be able to tell you what is best from the products that they sell. Dont forget that the sheave in the masthead (an possibly the foot - is it an internal halyard?) is likely to be a a sheave designed for wire - they can be hard on ropes, if in doubt, take them out and with you to the rigging shop...
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:02   #5
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Thanks for the good advice, will do!
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Re: mast cap damage or wear n tear?

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, amoret.
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Re: mast cap damage or wear n tear?

mats right switch to spectra with rope sheaves. however the are uv sensitive so keep them inside the mast on messengers when you are not using the boat
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Old 09-10-2014, 14:02   #8
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Re: mast cap damage or wear n tear?

Good tip re. the UV, thanks! I've read that it's a good idea to have 8mm cordage on the deck end of the halyard. Would entail splicing the 6mm into 8mm. What do you think? Worth the while or not bother??
P.S. Thanks for all the advice so far, great to be on board.
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Re: mast cap damage or wear n tear?

you don't need to splice it just take the core out of the 8mm usually Sampson braid or similar stuff that holds up to sun and with you fid snake the 6mm actual halyard inside. stitch sew with wax thread through both and you good to go, it doesn't have to be that strong it only the tail and only a sun cover
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Re: mast cap damage or wear n tear?

Have swapped out old halyard for new dyneema, and changed sheaves, all sorted thanks for all the help
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