Originally Posted by benson1
Hi A friend chartered a new Helia this summer and insists it took 2 strong crewmen to connect the halyard
to the main sail. [it has a squared off top] I am planning to charter
the same boat in October for some shorthanded sailing. Any thoughts on problems I might have and possible fixes would be much appreciated..
I haven't sailed the Helia w/ square top main. But I have sailed the Orana
w/ "regular" main and a Lipari
41 with the square top. The latter should be pretty much the same as on the Helia, perhaps a bit smaller.
It wasn't that bad. I did it single
handed on the Lipari
and I'm not in the greatest shape these days.
Just make sure your lines are slack enough so that you can in fact pull the (squared off) head
of the main sail up to the halyard and have them meet easily. IE., if you already hoist up the main halyard even just a few feet, then you have that much farther you'll need to manually hoist the main sail to attach it. So make sure your main halyard is all-the-way loose before hopping up there.
Of course, it's also possible the Helia in question (where your friend needed two people) has some mucked up rigging
which will no doubt make it a chore. The Lipari I was on was virtually new, as was its rigging
. So things moved nice and smoothly.