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post #5 of Old 02-10-2012
Brent Swain
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I switched from all rope to galv wire in the early 70s, and would never go back to all rope. Wire has zero stretch, zero chafe, lasts over ten years, and is extremely cheap to replace.
My current galv halyard, I put on in Tonga in 2003, and it's still going strong. Never saw a meat hook on any of mine. That only happens with stainless halyards , where it is common.
I hoist the main all the way, then put a hard eye in my wire halyard, to tie the rope tail thru, about 6 inches above the winch. That way, the wire never touches the winch.

Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"

Last edited by Brent Swain; 02-10-2012 at 05:15 PM.
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