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Hey guys.
I 'tried' to raise the main sail yesterday - very, very tight halyard.
New sail, new 'slugs', and new halyard makes for a tough pull ( even with winch ). After breakng it in, it got better, but never really got it 100% up. I may have to oil the pulleys on top of mast - yay me.

This boat has so many pulleys ( a lot more than my Catalina 25 had ). I wonder if I have it setup correctly.

There are 2 sets of 3 'roller pulleys' on each side of the mast that I can use to route the main halyard to the cockpit, not sure which to use, which may be causing the stiffness in raising the main.

I may have someone more experienced take a look at it.
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Did you clean the mainsail track and lube it with SailKote? Also, one issue that can cause a problem is if the main halyard is spliced, since the splice may be too thick for the sheave and cause the halyard to bind up before you get to full hoist.

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BTW, the main halyard, usually on the starboard side of the mast, will generally come back to the cockpit on a set of deck organizers to starboard.

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it was tough with no sail on the halyard, and almost impossible with the sail on. i will use the sailkote, but this is something different causing the problem.
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Congratulations on your new boat, she is a beauty. As for the the halyard, it may have jumped the sheave. Good luck with her.
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it was tough with no sail on the halyard, and almost impossible with the sail on. i will use the sailkote, but this is something different causing the problem.
Did you run the halyards yourself? If so, it sounds like they're not running fair or free.

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No, the halyard was already up.
So this can be a 'stuck' pulley at the top, maybe needs oiled?
Could be the halyard 'off-track' from the pulley?
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No, the halyard was already up.
So this can be a 'stuck' pulley at the top, maybe needs oiled?
Could be the halyard 'off-track' from the pulley?
Unless the sheave is damaged or the slot was way oversized for the line and sheave, this is pretty unlikely.

Did you run the rigging or was it already run? If you ran it, you might have accidentally tangled or twisted two of the lines around each other, which would lead to a lot of friction for no visible reason.

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Congratulations on your new boat, she is a beauty. As for the the halyard, it may have jumped the sheave. Good luck with her.
I had the same thing happen on our boat when I went up the stick to change the anchor light bulb. The sheaves were old and the one I was on essentially disintegrated with the weight (it was plastic). Lesson learned.

I replace both sheaves and everything was a lot easier to haul.


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