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Old 04-07-2008
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Thanks for the alternative suggestions. This will fill in some of the above questions.

It is a masthead rig not fractional.
The headsail is rigged with a roller furling that I would have to dismantle to use the halyard.
I do not have a topping lift...I have a Hi/Lo Reefer (yes, I know..and it says it in big red letters on the side of the boom) in-boom roller for the main.
My shackle (as came with the boat) does not look like the Head Board Shackle picture above...it looks more like a snap shackle with the plunger pin (maybe I can get the PO that installed the wrong shackle to go up and get it...although I didn't know enough to know it was wrong...all this time I just thought it was more "convenient"...the crew I had that day didn't drink, but I sure did especially after this special event)

So I guess I'll be dismantling the headsail roller furling (can I get some help with how to do that?...I'm sure I can get it apart/down, but are there any tricks to reinstalling/adjusting it?) one way or another. I like and understand the concept of the "twitchy noose/spare line" concept since it keeps me from going up there. Although with my in-boom furler the mainsail luff runs in a track that stands off the mast 3-4" and stops short of the top of the mast 6-12" so the two (headsail & mainsail halyards) don't meet up...maybe I can use the concept and make something work.

So thanks for the input so far, but I'm still open to more if it keeps my feet on the deck.
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