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Thanks for the replies. I do understand what you're saying in general - my first impulse was to rig a halyard as a forestay as well... but it would mean losing a safety line. The only alternative I can think of to that is to take a length of line with me, and tie and retie it as a rolling hitch around the mast every couple feet. That's not really practical and frankly, no matter how much I know it would PROBABLY catch me, I have trouble with the idea of trusting a knot tied to a smooth vertical column to arrest a fall!
So I had to decide which one was more important, and frankly the failure of a single line (halyard, if I use the other as a forestay) seems more likely to me than the failure of the whole rig, from just my weight. I do understand that, if the mast is raked aft a bit, my weight is not necessarily pulling forward... but I've always read that in rigs with multiple lower stays (that attach at different points), the shrouds do most of the mast support work. Is this not true? Sure, I'd prefer to have both temp forestay and safety line... but we only have 2 halyards. Does anyone disagree that a line failure is more likely than a rig failure, given how we're rigged?
Regarding my basic lack of rigging knowledge... sure, I am not a rigger. But at the same time, what we're trying to do is not quantum physics. We're talking about a cable with a couple swivels on it, held together with clevis pins, right? We're replacing a bearing assembly... with one that is stronger. It's also slightly shorter, so we need to add a little length... with a fitting that is probably stronger than the cable. I just can't see how complex we need to make this particular job???
I appreciate your general concern. I obviously have a bit too, hence posting the question in the first place. But I'm trying to work through this on logic and facts, instead of general feeling. So if what I've done is unsafe, I'm trying to figure out exactly why? How could the rig have failed, given that it should be shroud supported (unless I've read inaccurate books)? I mean, the forestay is generally slack at the dock anyway, with the backstay tensioner slacked off (on the advice of several sailnetters plus a marina neighbor who keeps his C27 that way and IS a rigger).
Anyhow, I appreciate the input and don't mean to sound argumentative. But I'm still looking for actual facts as to WHY. So far, Squidd has provided one - not just because I agree with it, but because it's an actual fact that makes engineering sense.
Can anyone else come up with specifics either way?
Again, thank you for all the input...