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Spare Halyard

i'm going to run my main & jib halyard internally this winter which will leave me with 2 unused sheaves. i'm thinking of adding a spare. currently, there is a wire from the top of the mast which goes to the end of the boom and acts as a topping lift. i was wondering if i should remove the wire and use the spare halyard as the topping lift or keep the topping lift and just add the spare halyard.
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What are you going to do with it? I would say if you are worried about windage, weight aloft and all that other silly stuff ditch the wire and use your spare halyard, provided it isn't 1/2" or something like that, for a topping lift. One potential problem I can see for using a halyard in place of a topping lift (aside from the windage) is a potential for chafe at the masthead. The sheaves on the mainsail side of the mast don't usually take well to large changes in lead angle and will chafe through that bugger in no time.
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What a quandary. Having an adjustable topping lift is nice. It would also be good to have more than one jib halyard. Which one would be best depends upon what you're using the boat for. If you're not racing, having more than one jib halyard is probably a waste unless your style of sailing involves frequent fore-sail changes. So, I'd probably vote for the topping lift route on most boats. ...But, this comes from a race boat guy...

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Sailboy's point about chafe can be mitigated by having the topping lift tied off close to mast when not in use.
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i'm only a weekend cruiser, not worried about weight aloft, etc. just thought it might be a good idea to have a spare halyard. i'd rather not tie it off to the mast since that is my whole purpose of running my lines internally. i tired of the slapping of halyards against the mast. i'm really just looking for a place i can keep it tied off when not using it and not have it bang against the mast.
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Run the spare, you'll never know when that halyard might slip out of your hand and sky on you. Or when it could fail.

Tie off the spare to the bow pulpit. Clip it up there with a shackle, best place for it, and it keeps it off the mast.
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yeah! what zz said...and use a boomkicker to get rid of that wire topping lift I did the same thing and like the setup. that extra halyard works for my hammock and going up the mast.
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thanks zz.
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You're welcome. And now off to my own boat to re-run a spin halyard......

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if you need someone to go up the mast, i have plenty of experience.
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