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'86 Hunter 34 halyards

Making the jump from day sailers to cruiser. Looked at the Hunter and afterwards wondered about the mast mounted main and jib halyards. Once the sail is set would I leave the halyard winched and cleated or would I disengage the halyard from the winch and then cleat. It would seem that if you take it off the winch you would loose tension.
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'86 Hunter 34 halyards

You want to leave it on the winch so you can handily "Ease the Main" with the advantage of the winch. Relieves a lot of stress from the cleat, too.
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Re: '86 Hunter 34 halyards

It depends. As long as the winch is "dedicated" and not needed by other lines, you can leave it on. On my boat, the lines are led to the cockpit and the cabintop winch serves several lines. Clutches allow the lines to remain tensioned when released from the winch. If you have a cunningham, you can cleat the halyard and then adjust luff tension with that.
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Re: '86 Hunter 34 halyards

I will disagree with JimsCAL. The main Halyard and cunningham adjust different parts of the luff tension. The cunningham asjust the lower portion of the sail, maybe lower 1/4 to 1/3. On my H34 I use the clutch to contro the halyard.
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Re: '86 Hunter 34 halyards

Don't disagree with your comments Mark. However I have sailed on several boats that do exactly what I described. Raise the sail to the top of the mast, cleat the halyard off, then tighten the luff with a cunningham. This works fine especially on full-battened mains with limited adjustability for draft and smaller boats that don't even have a main halyard winch.
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