Originally Posted by columbia26inga
Yesterday was first sail on 1965 Columbia 26 Bill Tripp design. I hoisted the mailsail 90 percent up and then halyard locks up. Tried to go aloft on jib halyard and it locked up. I am going to buy two ascenders to fix. Can anyone tell me what to look for if I suspect the blocks at the top of the mast. This is an external riged classic sailboat.
We had a similar problem and it turned out to be our main halyard twisted around the topping lift. As a result halyard would travel easily until about 80% raised then jam against the topping lift. Visually is was quite hard to detect but at least when detected it's simply a matter of untwisting the lines.
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