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Main halyard - brainstorm / advice

Looking for more help on the halyard issue & looking for advice or suggestions for our box construction Sitka mast (modified H28)

A little background in case you didn't follow a previous thread about halyard rope choices.

We had wire, which wasnít working out well. So we (prematurely) took the wire out of the main and replaced it with rope. The particular rope we got isnít going to suffice for our main (probably not for the mizzen or headsail either..) so Iím looking at moving to a spectra core rope (probably this: http://www.redpointropes.com/Catalouge/Gale.html). The problem is for handling Iíll have to move up in diameter, necessitating changing the sheave. By the state of it I would guess itís been an awfully long time since its been changed, so how easy this will be (from 35í upÖ) is questionable. AND it necessitates at least two trips up the mast, as we have no clue what size weíd need.

My other thought is going to a block but not sure. And we don't want to drill into the mast unless we absolutely have to.

Thoughts Ė suggestions Ė something Iíve not thought of thatís plainly obvious?

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You could also remove the cover from a larger line so that the end will fit the sheave. Or you could use a smaller line and add a cover/jacket to increase the size of the portion you handle.
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Looking for more help on the halyard issue & looking for advice or suggestions for our box construction Sitka mast (modified H28)

A little background in case you didn't follow a previous thread about halyard rope choices.

We had wire, which wasnít working out well. So we (prematurely) took the wire out of the main and replaced it with rope. The particular rope we got isnít going to suffice for our main (probably not for the mizzen or headsail either..) so Iím looking at moving to a spectra core rope (probably this: http://www.redpointropes.com/Catalouge/Gale.html). The problem is for handling Iíll have to move up in diameter, necessitating changing the sheave. By the state of it I would guess itís been an awfully long time since its been changed, so how easy this will be (from 35í upÖ) is questionable. AND it necessitates at least two trips up the mast, as we have no clue what size weíd need.

My other thought is going to a block but not sure. And we don't want to drill into the mast unless we absolutely have to.

Thoughts Ė suggestions Ė something Iíve not thought of thatís plainly obvious?

Thanks,
Bobby

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