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post #11 of 15 Old 08-27-2007
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SD - thanks for the explanation. Now you're making me re-think my spring project and its materials.
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Furthermore (and this may be my own specific problem), wire to rope halyards get stopped at the sheaves once the rope hits them (because the rope won't fit through the sheave designed for wire).

This is an inconvenience when it comes to finding a spot to secure my halyard shackles after dousing a sail.
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Of course, you could make the wire section longer, but then you run the risk of damaging the mast exit slots for the rope. Slatting halyards are very annoying.

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Furthermore (and this may be my own specific problem), wire to rope halyards get stopped at the sheaves once the rope hits them (because the rope won't fit through the sheave designed for wire).

This is an inconvenience when it comes to finding a spot to secure my halyard shackles after dousing a sail.

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Thanks Jeff H I know you can put a sleeve on the line, just not sure how to go about it. I will investigate further, this is a winter project since I need to replace the sheeves.
A couple more problems with wire halyards is that they tebd to get little wire hooks that are hard on the hands and also when you are boosting a halyard at the mast you run out of rope and get a few feet of wire.

You can purchase wire to rpe halyards already made up to standard lenghts that are not that expensive. I bought two last year for jib halyards until I can get to the all rope lines.

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just switched out my wire-rope for all rope when I got my standing rigging replace. had the rigger look at the sheeves to make sure they were ok for rope first.

I hate wire-rope halyards cause they tend to develop meat hooks at the nicopress. besides, you can't cut and tie on if your shackle breaks or jams open. I also hate the sound of wire slapping on a mast.
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