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Twist in the forestay...

A friend of mine has a bit of a twist in his forestay near the masthead on his Catalina 34. Does this look like it needs to be replaced, or can he leave it alone? He's been having trouble with his roller furler, which is probably what caused the problem. Any thoughts?

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That is well beyond FUBAR and ready to break

I had one upper shroud that was 1/4 that bad last year and you could never tune the mast right
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that looks like the result of a halyard wrap...and it needs to be replaced ASAP IMHO.
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A bit of a twist, just a tad of an understatement....holy cow, replacing it ASAP might not be soon enough...IMMEDIATELY....I wouldn't untie the dock lines with that forestay..tell your friend NOW, unless you don't like him
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Sailing Dog is correct. That's definately the sign of a halyard wrap and likely the furling line having been led to a winch. Ouch!!

The forestay needs be replaced and a halyard guide needs be added to the front of the mast so that there is a least a 10 Degree angle between the alignment of the halyard and the centerline of the forestay when your pal's largest headsail is at full hoist. With shorter luffed sails he can use a luff pendent at the head of the sail to get the top furling drum to full hoist.

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Throw it away and get a new one. Also, your halyard is nearing the end of its useful life...

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I'd point out that the clevis pin for the toggle at the top of the forestay, in the masthead casting, is also a bit too long.
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Now that that is over, how ya been you dirty Pig?!
I though "Twist in the Forstay" was really "My $%^s are stuck in my #$%"
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Thanks for the replies, gents...

So if I'm hearing you all correctly, you're saying that he should leave it alone and that everything should be just fine. I'll pass this along... Thanks again!

TJK, you filthy dog! I'm fine... a buddy of mine came here from Boulder and we sailed our arses off for a full week. Two days after he left, I still had the sensation I was on the boat. Everything was moving... When will you be passing through next? Git yer keester down here, cap'n...
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Ha, the dreaded "NO" motion sickness.
In the shower is where it usually gets me.
Julie is down in Jax as we speak. We will have to work on it.
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