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Old 18-08-2004, 11:36   #1
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main halyard replacement

While out sailing on monday I broke my main halyard at the base of the mast. Hence the whole thing came crashing down, anyways, my question to you all is, to replace it is it just a matter of going up the mast and snakeing the new one down the inside of the mast an back through the shives? or is their a trick I do not know.
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Old 18-08-2004, 13:32   #2
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You may find that trying to snake a full size halyard down will be unsuccessful. I would recommend that you start with a bit of thin twine and a weight. This should be easy to pass over the sheaves at the top, and will then pass down the inside of the mast in accordance with gravity, and not in a twisted heap due to a stiff rope.
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Old 18-08-2004, 13:52   #3
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Thanks, that should help
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Old 18-08-2004, 15:34   #4
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bicycle chain

lashing a length of old bicycle chain to the halyard usually works.
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So I take it you can't grab the end of the halyard with anything, like a length of wire with a hook on the end and pull it through. Then tie the new Halyard to the old and pull it through?
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Old 19-08-2004, 16:56   #6
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no unfortunatly the whole thing came out, I am going up tomarrow to replace the damn thing, unless anyone here wants to come over and help
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A little help

Kingfish, Use a piece of common steel to drop down on a chase line. You can then use a magnet to maneuver it as it approaches the outlet on the mast. Then secure the chase line to the new halyard very securely and pull it through. Good luck.
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Old 20-08-2004, 02:11   #8
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Hey I make a deal with ya. You pay my Air fare and I will replace the Halyard for free. Heck, I'll even supply the Halyard.
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Old 22-08-2004, 11:12   #9
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Well without having to pay for wheels to fly over and help, I got the main halyard changed. Thank you-all for the sugestions, useing a small line with a weight on the end is definitly the way to do it.
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Darn!!!And I had my sutcase packed and sunglass on as well. Oh well back to the feet up ijn front of the fire waiting for summer to come.
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Now you just have to make sure the lines haven't passed over any wires on the wrong side.
That happened to me ONCE on my running/deck light. Actually, it was two lines. One on one side and the other crossed wrong on the other side, sawing the wires in half. When the boat is rolling a bit the weight weaves side to side. IF I ever have to do it again I'll tie my main halyard or ? to the dock and list the boat over to the side of the line, so it slides down the inside of the mast away from the center and any wires.

It took me several times up and down the mast, to the light, to get it fixed..._/)
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if your halyards run inside the mast, it would seem a tad unwise to have wires loose inside the mast and not tidily contained in a proper conduit. Furthermore, dont the wires slap when the mast is moving about?
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On Z-Spar masts the conduit runs up the aft inner corners, at least they do on mine a Z601, and the wiring for the running light, radar and spreader lights come out the front. Not very smart I think. I guess they figured the halyards would stay to the sides since the exit plates are there, and the wires could pass thru the center safely.
I'm sure not all masts are this way but it's good to check.

Anyway, after I got my wires down the center between the halyards I cut a notch in a piece of conduit for the back end then ran it over the wires to the back side resting it on top of the mast conduit. I cut the front end so there were a couple ears going up & down that went flush in the spinnaker track grove, then sealed it in place with 3M -101 sealer. Then spliced the wires to the light and remounted it. At least now if the halyards go slack they can't rub the wires and if they hit the conduit the ears hold it in place.

I must have went up and down the mast 20-30 times and it turned into an all day project. But no big deal. You should see the crap I have to do at work!

End of story...................._/)
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