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Re: Optimal halyard length?

Originally Posted by ericb760 View Post
Looks like either someone's going up or the mast is coming down. One of you suggested replacing the sheaves along with the halyard. I think this sounds prudent. Also, in this thread and in others I searched for, the conventional wisdom seems to be to eliminate the wire leads altogether. I guess that this was how it was done in the 70's but no longer? Anyways, I was mildly surprised at the cost of roughly 70 feet of Sta-Set. Heck, I can throw in new color coordinated jib sheets at this price! While I will eventually lead the lines to the cockpit, I've read where some sailing purists prefer to tie of at the mast? Any real world experience one way or the other?
They used the wire halyards back in the day because it didn't stretch. With the advances in rope making technology, the wire became obsolete. They are using the high-tech stuff nowadays to replace the SS wire used for lifelines!
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