Originally Posted by OrangeCrush
Thanks for the help, all. I ordered 100 meters of cheap 4mm accessory cord for about $20 on amazon. I think that should be big enough to stay in the sheaves and I'll try the reeving splice or possibly sew on the reeving loop as suggested.
Just a tip - a BIG ONE !
Be very careful of what any mousing line is made from. In Malta
this year in a hardware
store, I found a 100 metre reel of 4mm braid for around 20 Euro. Seemed a great deal, but I decided to decline, and pay a lot more from a chandlery
. Why? I was not sure as to the synthetic fibre used, and I have seen what UV (sunlight) can do to fibres not intended for use in the sun.
Some years ago, my brother-in-law purchased a cover for his ski boat. It was an off the shelf, one size fits most, sort of thing. To be fair, it was intended as a dust cover for storage
of the boat in a garage etc. Anyway, the tie-down cord supplied with the cover was not used, so my brother in law donated it to my lazyjacks project
on a little 22 footer we have here.
All went very well, and looked good. That was summer time, and we had a great several weeks over the summer holidays sailing on the local lakes here (and enjoying the convenience of lazyjacks). Then the real world drew us back, and we did not get down to the boat for two months or so. When I returned, there were no lazyjacks - nothing. Thinking no one is going to steal my lazyjack system, I went looking around, and found tangled on a nearby bush, all that was left of the cord - about a metre of it. It just powdered away in my fingers as I assume the rest had done, and been blown to the winds - such was the effect of UV on this particular fibre.
Imagine if I had used similar cord on our 50 footer in the Med. We would have come back the next season to find the in-mast part of the five mousing lines all in a heap somewhere in the bottom of the mast, and the external parts
blown away. What a problem that would be, and I suspect no amount of poking would clear the mess in the bottom of the mast, meaning we would have to hire a crane to get the mast out, re-rig, and then re-install. Several days hassle, and I don't want to thing of how much money
Big story, but bottom line is I would hate for anyone to be caught that way.
I hope that helps someone.