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Old 10-07-2008, 07:50   #16
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Have you tried a longer pendant from the dinghy, up over the boom extender and then tossed it forward to where you connect it to the halyard? It would save walking the halyard aft and perhaps minimize the PITA. I use a variation of this on my MC 41 (quite by accident). There's really no need to have the end of the halyard all the way aft if done this way.

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Old 10-07-2008, 07:57   #17
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You can see on the boat a crane still attatched to the main halyard. Extremely inexpensive, and extremely effective. Probably less than $50.00.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:08   #18
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You might also want to try contacting Robin (the boss) or Kimmo (Technical Manager) at Voyage Charters, Sopers Hole, Tortola. They carry a range of spares and may be able to get your chocks. There is a wealth of experience (obviously!) at this base and they are delightful people to deal with. Kimmo, for example, has delivered 45 Voyages from SA to BVI and there aint much he doesnt know about them. Tony
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Old 23-11-2008, 06:39   #19
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Better late than never...

Only just discovered this thread so sorry I'm late...we use a seperate 10mm Dyneema line with a snap shackle spliced onto one end, an eye splice in the other. This line is stored lying along the top of the sailbag and doesn't interfere with the sail in any way. When it's time to launch the dinghy, the halyard is attached to the eye spliced end of the line, and the line is then pulled from the rear, over the boom derrick blocks (one of the blocks anyway) and attaches via the snap shackle to the three-point lifting harness on the dinghy (9ft Caribe Rib & 9.8hp engine). The halyard of course is also pulled back when the line's pulled back so no threading through lazyjacks required. This also avoids running a very expensive Dyneema halyard through the derrick blocks and causing wear right in the middle of the halyard. Works great every time.
We also have the originally supplied alloy / rubber dinghy mounts but don't use them as the rib just wobbles around on them - we made wooden chocks which work well, the rib and engine sit firmly in one place and can be tied down to eyes bolted through the chock supports.

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