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Harken Furler/ Headstay Question

Hey, guys, I got a headstay/furler related question.
Boat: 1968 Newport 30'
I have bought used Harken MKII and it is an adventure to figure out how will I put this together with a new headstay.
I used a caliper and discovered the following measures on this Harken:
1. Clevis hole opening is 0.38"(so I assume it is 3/8"). I hope this Harken is not metric.
2. I took Drum Assembly aparts and discover a piece of the old wire that was secured to drum by the swageless fitting. This old wire was measured at 0.225(so I guess it is 7/32)
3. Foil connectors. I measured the wire holes inside the connectors to have a clearance of 0.26".
I couldn't find any manuals on the MKII. I was only able to find the Parts list. I looked around the Harken website and downloaded a manual for MKIII-0 which is somewhat similar(looking at the setup).

I am also planning on replacing my headstay. My current headstay is 7/32, however it it old and couple strands are busted.

So I have some questions:
1. Will I be able to fit 7/32 wire into above mentioned foil connectors?
2. I want to take this furler aparts to clean and lube it as it collected some salt and . What do I use to clean it and lube it?
3. I prefer to use swageless terminal to secure the top of my headstay to the mast head. What would be a better fitting to use?
4. Considering how my mast head is setup(see a picture), will I need to install halyard restrainer? Such as this Harken Halyard Restrainer

Thank you for any opinions!
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Re: Harken Furler/ Headstay Question

Do you have wire halyards? If the 2 wires closest to the mast are your halards then YES you will need a halyard restrainer. My rigger always installs them for cheap insurance against very bad things. I can't recall the exact angle you want for your halyard to stay (25deg???) but it's a lot wider than what it looks like you have.

Good luck with the project. Don't forget to try and call Harken tech support. Good source of free and useful advice.

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Re: Harken Furler/ Headstay Question

My fairleads are much simpler than that piece with the sheave.
Mine are basically a heavy staple made of bronze. They ware out after quite a few years but they don't chafe your wire halyard, they only require two holes to be drilled, and they don't cost $60!!! a piece.
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Re: Harken Furler/ Headstay Question

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So I have some questions:
1. Will I be able to fit 7/32 wire into above mentioned foil connectors?
2. I want to take this furler aparts to clean and lube it as it collected some salt and . What do I use to clean it and lube it?
3. I prefer to use swageless terminal to secure the top of my headstay to the mast head. What would be a better fitting to use?
4. Considering how my mast head is setup(see a picture), will I need to install halyard restrainer? Such as this Harken Halyard Restrainer

Thank you for any opinions!
1. Yes
2. Just rinse with fresh water and give it a spray with a light lubricant like WD 40.
3. A swage fitting.
4. Yes, but as mentioned, you don't need the overcomplicated and expensive Harken restrainer.
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