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Old 05-24-2013
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New Windex...but Main Halyard Sheave Frozen???

Ok...I FINALLY had a guy go up the mast and replace my bent and worn Windex. He taped up my spreaders and at the same time lubed everything up. He said lightheartedly, "oh by the way your main halyard sheave is frozen...I lubed the heck out of it so maybe that will help.". I sail about twice a week so I figured he meant the spinnaker halyard since I have never used a spinnaker with this boat and the previous owners have not either. He again stated, "no its your main halyard.". I told him I sail all the time and raise and lower the main pretty easily. He said, yeah well it would be even easier if th esheave wasnt frozen....Maybe I'm wrong but wouldnt a frozen sheave make it VERY difficult to raise and lower the sail??
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Re: New Windex...but Main Halyard Sheave Frozen???

If it is all you've known you are used to it. Your sail may not be as heavy as you thought.
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Re: New Windex...but Main Halyard Sheave Frozen???

Not really. A little hard but if it's always been that way, you're probably used to it. Don't believe him? Go up there and take a look.

If it were me, I'd plan on replacing the sheaves next time the mast is down.
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Re: New Windex...but Main Halyard Sheave Frozen???

I have a frozen sheeve and can still raise and lower.
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Re: New Windex...but Main Halyard Sheave Frozen???

Check for wear on the halyard where it runs over the sheave. Chances are your halyard is chafing a little every time you raise/lower your main sail.
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