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Another place to watch for - with wire halyards keep an eye out for the "jaggers", broken bits of the wire lay that can rip you hand when you grab the wire. Kids are apt to use secured halyards as handholds too....

To get rid of them run the back edge of a knife blade back and forth until they break off.

These will crop up from time to time and that's one of the best reasons to go to an all-rope halyard system!
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If you've got meathooks in your halyards, it is time to replace the rigging...even if you get wire-to-rope again... meathooks in wire rigging are a good sign of upcoming failure...

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Plastic wire ties can be nasty when clipped. There is a new improved type that does not leave a sharp edge when cut down. They are available at the big box stores...
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Plastic wire ties can be nasty when clipped. There is a new improved type that does not leave a sharp edge when cut down. They are available at the big box stores...
Tell me about it.. the ones used to hold most of the wiring in my nav console were good enough to draw blood... fortunately not mine... so my crew went around and trimmed them using nail clippers... took them about a day to hunt them all down...

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I know about those clipped plastic ties...they are vicious. The previous owner of my boat used them to secure netting to the lifelines....dumb idea!!!
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For the ends of bolts sticking out past the nuts; Home Depot has the plastic covers that are the same type of thread protector you see on equipment that is shipped. Sort of a prophylactic for the end of the bolt, except you don't unroll it, it's already stiff. They're cheap and come red.

Now the difficult part. Nobody there is going to be able to find them for you, except your faithful servant (that'd be me) is going to tell you where they are at. Go to the machine screw and bolt aisle. Just when you are at the end of the bolts, you will see some clear plastic, tip-out boxes, in a rack. There are cork and rubber plugs, as well as spacers, in the same display. They are in there-I forget what they call them, but you only have about forty little bins to look through. They just push on over the bolt end.

btw, if you're cutting off a too long bolt, it's a good idea to put an extra nut on it before you cut it off. After cutting to length, back the nut off, and that will clean up the end of the bolt and thread for you. You may schwanz some nuts doing it but, at least you'll have clean threads in the future for when you take the nut off and have to re-use it.

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You're making the very bad assumption that all Home Depots are setup in a similar fashion... good advice on cutting off the bolts... definitely want to keep something on there to reform the threads. BTW, helps to use a grinding wheel to chamfer the end a bit, and get rid of the nasty sharp piece that inevitably forms on the end of the bolt when you re-form the threads.

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Started sailing with my daughters at 18 months. They get into everything. You have to constantly watch them.
Your son will try to put his grips on anything within his reach.
Be careful. Winches can be especially interesting. After all they make noise when you turn them.
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Well, he's 6 so _theoretically_ he can be voice activated and controlled and has enough sense not to harm himself deliberately. Unfortunately he's blessed with the insatiable tenuki curiosity gene which seems to override good sense and caution with alarming regularity.

He does have some sailor in him though. His first project after I gave him his own color rope to play with was to construct a rope trailing off the stern, and I quote "So if someone falls into the water they can grab it and not go down into davy jone's locker." Always with the solutions that one, tell him about a problem and that little mind latches on and starts working on it....

Anyway, thanks for all the great tips folks, keep em coming, sounds like next weekend is scheduled.

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Ahh... so he gets his curiousity from his father, but his brains from his mother...

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