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Re: Mind Your Hi-Tech Splices!!!
So how long do you expect a halyard to last in FL sun? Most racing boats change hi-tech halyards out every 4 years. I'd be pretty darn happy about a highly loaded string lasting for 10 years of abuse.
It probably was chafe, but honestly, how long do you want to keep your halyards? Would 15 years be ok? How about 20? And now it sounds like you're going to 're-splice' it? Just buy a new string already.
Our halyards are internal and, unless they are in use, messenger lines are affixed to the shackles and the halyards are retracted into the mast with only the spliced ends and shackles protruding from the sheave boxes (less useless windage and less exposure). The splices themselves are wrapped in self amalgamating silicon tape to protect against UV Penetration. Even the unprotected line is highly rated for UV tolerance. Replacing one of these "strings" is about $500 so unless the entire line is compromised and not simply the eye of the splice I'll struggle with the re-splicing. (Our shackles are all polished forged Stainless at about $60.00 a pop, no rough edges so chafe is doubtful.) The total cost of halyards on our boat is about $3K and as we've given up the racing effort (we just cruise, very quickly) there's no point in spending any more than reasonably necessary, no?
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