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Re: Mast (Climbing)- No Halyards
If you have a "stock" Col26 MkII, then you had two outside halyards
with a set of cleats on each side of mast base.
Sheer wear or Someone in the boat's past removed both halyards for whatever reason.
The chances that both wore out at the same time or over time both wore, still brought you here, no halyards. The best fix is to lower the mast and safely perform repairs.
The cheapest fix is to lower the mast manually with a few gumba s and install three external halyards (incl spin). If in fear of an accident whilst lowering the mast, find a sailor(s) that has done it before* and get assistance. I have lowered large masts with two taller sailboats astride and use their two taller masts/halyards to lower yours in between, but on a 26, using the boom & topping lift as a lever to lower it onto the bow pulpit is easy. Have a person stand at aft of the mast to steady boom to remain vertical and the boom forward. It will be fine.
Most expensive route is to buy three halyards, new pins & replacement sheaves. Hire the boatyard to use their "jiffyboom" crane at dockside and have them lower the mast. Make repairs, then they will suspend it again while you reattach the stays and shrouds to the deck chainplates... monkey climbing the mast, even with a bosun chair and trying to knock out 40yr pins, usually sends them into the drink below, then you lose at least one or two sheaves, then you have to go down after having the measurement of sheave and pins, then climb back up, etc....feel free to contact me if you like,