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06-01-2013 05:52 AM
northoceanbeach
Re: Wire halyard through random block.

I have galvanized 7x19.
I'm glad some people see the value in wire halyards. Before i got them I read some of your previous posts on your pacific crossings with them Brent.
05-31-2013 01:06 AM
sww914
Re: Wire halyard through random block.

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Originally Posted by paulk View Post
A white sheave sounds like nylon. A wire halyard will likely cut through it like.... butter. The ONLY reason to have a wire-to-rope halyard on any boat in 2013 would be for a museum display of a boat from the '70's or before. Modern synthetic fiber line is actually stronger than the same diameter wire, and stretches (the reason wire was originally used) less than wire. Splicing wire-to-rope costs so much that even an expensive extra-low stretch synthetic full-hoist halyardoften ends up being cheaper than a wire/rope halyard. The full-hoist line can also be reversed, doubling the life of the halyard. We replaced our wire/rope halyards more than ten years ago, and haven't needed to reverse them yet. Even if your wire to rope halyard was given to you as a present, I would take it off and go with a low-stretch synthetic line. Besides wearing through the spinnaker crane block, the wire is going to develop soldiers that will cut the hands and fingers of foredeck crew, as well as possibly snagging sails. It's simply not worth it.
I agree with you but there is one other reason to use wire/rope halyards. Because I got 3 brand new 100'ers for $75.00. Not each, for the three of them.
05-30-2013 09:12 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Wire halyard through random block.

While I have found wire halyards far superior for main and jib halyards , for a spinaker they are less justified, as a bit of stretch there is not a big problem. They would eliminate chafe tho. You would want the biggest diameter sheave you can use, and galvanized 7x19 wire to minimize metal fatigue and broken strands.Tuffnol or metal would last far longer for a wire halyard sheaves .
05-29-2013 01:41 PM
northoceanbeach
Re: Wire halyard through random block.

That's what was left after its through a clutch in the cockpit.
05-29-2013 10:35 AM
zz4gta
Re: Wire halyard through random block.

Might be that long if you were planning on running the line to the cockpit.
05-29-2013 01:44 AM
northoceanbeach
Re: Wire halyard through random block.

Sweet. Now I have a new cunningham
05-29-2013 12:35 AM
Faster
Re: Wire halyard through random block.

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Originally Posted by northoceanbeach View Post
Not to have to start a new a new thread. About how much tail do I want on this halyard. It's got about twenty five feet left over when fully lowered. I supposed it wouldn't hurt to leave about 7 and cut the line and have a new Cunningham line as well?
Yeah.. That's just too much line underfoot.. Find another use for the excess.
05-29-2013 12:24 AM
northoceanbeach
Re: Wire halyard through random block.

Not to have to start a new a new thread. About how much tail do I want on this halyard. It's got about twenty five feet left over when fully lowered. I supposed it wouldn't hurt to leave about 7 and cut the line and have a new Cunningham line as well?
05-29-2013 12:19 AM
northoceanbeach
Re: Wire halyard through random block.

Score !!

Switched it to jib halyard. My masthead sheeves are no longer sticking now that the halyard is wire.

It felt like it was the rope getting pinched since it was only when load was put on. That told me it was the rope being pinched.

Another big problem solved!
05-28-2013 12:21 AM
northoceanbeach
Re: Wire halyard through random block.

I guess ill use it as my main or jib halyard. They supposedly have the original wire sheeves which is what I got it for in the first place. I don't know why I got the idea in my head to put it up in the spin.
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