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Re: Mind Your Hi-Tech Splices!!!
... or use a knot and forgo the shackle.... cheaper.....
A: We've no shortage of polished forged shackles; B. We like to be able to release the halyards from the sails when they are not needed and run them up to the masthead with a messenger to get them out of the weather (didn't I mention this before?)
(Faster--Don't push it. I've conceded to knots when I don't like them. Let well enough alone, eh?)
The take-away from this Thread should not be simply the chronicle of my own misadventure but a heads-up to those who may be relying on high-tech lines in a manner that is not suitable for the line due to misunderstandings. I/We were fortunate that our Halyard blew-out on a nice, sunny, warm afternoon with middling winds and light seas. We were able to recover and re-set our sail and make our way without undue difficulty once we recovered from the surprise. Had we blown that halyard at night, in a squall or storm, in big seas, mid-way between heck and gone, when we really needed that sail, it might have been an entirely different story. The take away is Mind Your Hi-Tech Splices. They might not be what, or as strong/reliable as, they seem.
Here Homer Nods...
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
Last edited by svHyLyte; 05-14-2013 at 11:35 AM.