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easy way to change halyard

What is the most efficient way to change out my Main and jib halyard?without taking the mast down! And I don't have a boatswains mate chair available.

I plan on placing a smaller line to one end of the sheet and pull it all the way out and leaving the small line in place so I can raise the new one back up. My only concern is it may get caught up in the top of the mast.

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I plan on placing a smaller line to one end of the sheet and pull it all the way out and leaving the small line in place so I can raise the new one back up. My only concern is it may get caught up in the top of the mast.

Any other advice? I'm all ears

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That's what we do. We put the lines end to end instead of overlapping and make sure the tape around both is secure and not too thick to get through the block.
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Sounds like we're talking about halyards here and not sheets.
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Question

Changing out the sheets is easy and usually not complicated. Are you guys talking about Halyards?

If so, I just stitch the ends, new and old, together and pull it through. Make sure that the joining stitch is strong and will take a 30# pull if the halyard hangs up a little bit at the mast head.

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Are you talking about changing out your halyards?

If so... sew and tape a small 'messanger line' to the end of your old ones and pull. Reverse the order with the new ones.

Edit: beat me to it.
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Get a lightweight paper clip and bend and cut it so you are left with a U-shape. Take the old halyard tail and a messenger line and stick one end of the U through each and then bend the extra metal down so it flush with the line. Put just enough electrical tape around each to keep the paperclip in place. Slightly bend the assemly into a curve and then pull the messenger with the old halyard (the part with the shackle). Once you have the messenger down to the deck, repeat the process with the tail of the new halyard and the messenger. The trick when you get the join to the masthead sheaves is to not pull too hard, just jiggle the line around until it feeds. Hope this makes sense.
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When Screaming Seagull mentioned going up the mast or stepping it, I assumed it wouldn't be a giant leap that s/he really meant halyards.
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Just be sure to use some sort of mechanical connection, KS's paperclip or sewing a stitch or two... don't rely on tape, and in any event make the whole 'package' as small as you can to avoid any problems passing over the sheaves and through the sheave boxes.

To the OP you do need to brush up a bit on terminology
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Dont just tape end to end...sew them and then one layer of tape over sewed part so its smooth. You dont want to jump or catch the sheeve at the top of the mast. Pull them through carefully.

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Why bother with hauling a messenger line? Just join the new halyard to the old like you would with the messenger and haul the new one up as you haul the old one out. Saves a step as well as cutting in half the risk of the join parting.
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