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Main halyard tension, no winch
I have a newly acquired Cal 24 which was previously equipped with a mainsail halyard winch that was removed at some point. I find that it's very difficult to get the sail all the way up unless there's no wind at all (at which time I don't need it of course).
I've done a lot of searching on this and found several suggestions--beyond replacing the winch, which I'll probably do but I'd like to sail and not fix for the rest of this season if at all possible.
The most obvious tactic is sweating it, but the halyard is internal and the distance between where it exits the mast and the cleat is only a few feet, so not enough length to do that effectively. Anyway I apparently am not strong enough to do it.
The best short term solutions I've seen are using a trucker's hitch or a handy billy. What I haven't seen discussed anywhere though is that you have to get the sail most of the way up, and then try to tie the knot or attach another line while the halyard is under pressure already. I've thought of cleating the halyard at that point and then tying another fixed line to it with a rolling hitch to hold tension while I work on the free end, but that's now a lot of moving parts and I know these things tend to be harder to actually do than to think about. I'm going to try it anyway to see how it works out, but any ideas or alternatives would be greatly appreciated.