Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Yeocomico River, VA
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I butt the ends of my halyards to an 1/8" nylon messenger line and duct tape the two together with a spiral winding from the halyard to the messenger and back again. I use a strip about 8"x1/2" of good duct tape. This makes for 2 layers. I roll the taping between my palms to smooth the transition. I've also lightly tapered all my halyards at the ends to make the transitions easier. We've only lost lines in the mast twice. Once when I still used masking tape instead of duct tape. The other time was when I was lazy and temporarily taped 2 messenger lines together to make them longer; I forgot to untape them, they got wet, and separated 6 months later. IMO, there is no need to stitch the lines together.
We remove all our running rigging each season and wash the lines in laundry detergent, flaking the rinsed lines in the garage for a week or so to dry. After about 6 years, we end-for-end the lines and get another 6 years out of the lines. Depending on your season, you get about double the life out of your lines (in the Chesapeake, we get about 6 month seasons).
This has been our process for 23 years.......
Sabre 38 "Victoria"