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Added Halyard

I am in the process of doing some upgrades. One of which is adding halyards. I have added one to the aft of the masthead with double sheaves at the masthead. For now it will be used for the topping lift. I am ready to add the forward one. I have a furler and was going to use double sheaves at the masthead, however I got to thinking that I may be better off to place an exit block below the mast head to avoid interference with the jib. My thoughts are that I may use it for a spinnaker or a storm jib rigged to a temporary forestay-that is yet to be determined. Your thoughts.
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Re: Added Halyard

A spinnaker halyard should exit above the forestay. It is preferable to run it to a crane that holds a block projected forward and above the forestay.

A storm jib halyard would exit next to your existing one or perhaps below.

So you need to decide what your needs are. If you don't have a need right now I wouldn't add a halyard, I'd just wait and see how you want to use it. Extra halyards are expensive and unnecessary weight up high. I will admit to seeing my masthead and thinking "oh, there are 6 halyard points up here and I have 3 halyards, should I route in some more?" A little thinking made me happy to leave it alone. I have 3 halyards, main, jib/genoa, and spinnaker. My topping lift is a very very light fixed one made out of dyneema, with an adjustment block at the lower end.
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Re: Added Halyard

Here's a Catalina drawing of their masthead.. you can see what Alex means by the spinn halyard location

Not clear if you've added double blocks are meaning to use the double sheaves in the masthead... if you're not using both halves double blocks don't always lead very nicely as the 'pull' is off-center if only one line is loaded.

Better to use dedicated singles as shown...


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Re: Added Halyard

Last year I added an extra genoa halyard, redid the old and added another spinaker halyard. Rerigged and rewired the mast on our boat.
I also added a wind machine and put a proper anchor light on top as well.
I was unable to drill into the mast head so I added a piece of 1/4" aluminum plate for more mounting surface area.
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