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How to install spinnaker halyard on Hunter 306
Easy. Make sure that the trace line runs free and attach the new halyard to the tracer. Pull the tracer until the new halyard is in hand.
The tracer is probably 1/8" and the halyard is larger. The simplest way to attach the two lines is to rip a 9" length of 1" high quality duct tape. Make sure the halyard and tracer are clean and not oily. Starting about 2" from the end of the halyard wrap the tape spirally toward the end and onto the tracer which you will butt to the end of the halyard. Continue wrapping to about 3" up the tracer and then reverse wrapping back toward the halyard. Take wrapped lines and rub them between your palms briskly. I use this technique each spring and fall to remove all my running rigging on mast and boom (20+yrs). I've never lost a line. IMO, no need to see the two lines together.
I'm not sure if your tracer is tied at the masthead and at the base. If so, then you need to go aloft and attach the halyard to the tracer at the masthead, pulling from the base afterward. I can't see any other way if it's attached at the masthead.
All in all, not hard or time consuming.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"
Last edited by Sabreman; 07-03-2014 at 04:46 PM.