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Question Standing/Running rigging

I am located in Norfolk and was wondering it there is anyone locally that has a Mast Mate, Bosn Chair or other device that would want to rent or assist or both preferably in inspection or both the top of my mast. I have wire to rope halyards that I think the main and top lift could use replacing. I am told I can use 3/8 Line halyard on the main as long as the sheave looks good. I just want inspect it all basically. Boat is an Alberg 30 with about a 34.5ft mast. Thanks, BTW if all looks good, do you have to go back aloft to run new halyards or can i tie/splice into existing a pull thru when I purchase all the gear?
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Can't help ya with getting up there but I wanted to mention that you might want a dremel handy when you do make the change. Wire halyards did a number on my mast.
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Thank you, I want to go up inspect everything, determine what it needed, get it and go back up. If my sheave is in good shape I'll use all rope if not i put another wire/rope back in to get me by until I take the mast off at the end of the year.
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I just went through this on the Cal 29 and it was simple if money was no object

As i had just bought all new standing rigging money had to be considered and the all rope was not gonna happen without replacing or machining the sheaves

The radius is wrong for rope and the new rope diameters was also and issue as if i machined the old sheaves the rope still rubbed on the masthead without reducing the diameter

SO i left well enough alone and got my hands on some wire-rope halyards in good shape from a friends basement and shortened the wire to suit the Cal

It worked well for 40 years and i think with the current fresh ones it will go a few more
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How big are you? I have a climbing harness that'll work, but it's a "medium". Also, I'll be down there memorial day and the following weekend for some races.
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I appreciate the offer but I am bigger than medium for sure!
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