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06-13-2013 12:19 AM
Re: Santana 525 Main Halyard issue

If you get some experienced help you will probably find that dropping the mast isn't the big deal you are making it out to be. It certainly wouldn't hurt to inspect the mast anyway. You may also find that changing the masthead sheave isn't a big deal either. If you can replace it with one suited to rope halyards you can save yourself quite a bit of money on custom spliced halyards.
06-12-2013 02:52 PM
Re: Santana 525 Main Halyard issue

On our 525 we had similar situation. Went with 1/4 Warpspeed w/30' stripped. Works great and crew has no issues with 1/4 on main halyard as it's usually just used at the dock before and after sailing. Tried 1/4" Yale Crystalyne with colored full cover (to aid newbie crew in line ID) and it was a nightmare. Cover is much looser weave than Warpspeed and hung up at sheavebox. Warpspeed is good stuff.
06-05-2013 10:37 PM
Alex W
Re: Santana 525 Main Halyard issue

I know that boat, I looked at it with a friend last summer when it was for sale. Overall it's a nice boat and it had a big sail inventory.

It looked to me like there was some deck step compression that is probably worth inspecting when you have the mast down.

See you out on the lake at Duck Dodge.
06-05-2013 10:21 PM
Re: Santana 525 Main Halyard issue

Yeah we're the Flying Burrito, on Lake Union.

I'm not positive, but I think some modifications/reinforcements by the previous owner (who we know) may make it a little harder to drop the mast...obviously need to take another look.

I'll have a shop do the Amsteel-double braid connection, if I go that route.
06-05-2013 08:45 PM
Alex W
Re: Santana 525 Main Halyard issue

Using a strippable core dependent line (not all are strippable) is a good option, just expensive. You'd be looking at something like Warpspeed.

I'd do 5/32" Amsteel to 5/16" double braid. It'll be easier than 1/8" Amsteel to 5/16" double braid. 5/32" should still fit over the sheaves.

Since the mast step has a hinge (I just checked the user manual) this will be an easy mast to drop. I really do think that it's worth dropping it and checking over all mast mounted hardware on a new boat. You can do the whole thing (drop, inspect, replace halyard, raise) in a few hours.

You don't have a location, is this boat in Seattle?
06-05-2013 06:53 PM
Re: Santana 525 Main Halyard issue

I agree with Alex W - the cross section of that mast is pretty small. Putting an adult of average weight that high aloft on a boat that size is risky. Drop the mast, switch to all rope and swap the sheave if you need to. Use the time to do a full inspection of the entire rig - be sure to disassemble and take a close look at the bolt / compression tube that ties the head stay and shrouds together.
06-05-2013 06:29 PM
Re: Santana 525 Main Halyard issue

Ok I've decided to just assume I have a skinny sheave, and to be safe can't go with all-rope. I don't want to replace the sheave. And I can't even check on it until I have a new halyard.

So assuming I need it to be 1/8" on the sheave, my options are:

-Wire to rope (1/8" then 5/16")
-1/8" Amsteel to 5/16" double braid, spliced
-1/8" Amsteel, plus a polyester cover for handling (would this be stiff?)
-Core dependent high-tech doublebraid, stripped of its cover for 1/2 the length you're not 1/8" core.

The issue with the last that a cover that can take a 1/8" still pretty skinny. I'm sure my crew would appreciate 5/16" to handle. Could always cover it twice.

06-05-2013 06:01 PM
Re: Santana 525 Main Halyard issue

I just went through this. Just go wire to rope. It's been working for you. You'll sail more with the time you saved.
06-05-2013 12:40 PM
Re: Santana 525 Main Halyard issue

Call Schock boats and ask. they may have a conversion kit to Amsteel haylard. you could ask the question on the Santans 525 yahoo site. your boat could use 3/16" amsteel and will most likely fit in the wire sheave
06-05-2013 12:23 PM
Alex W
Re: Santana 525 Main Halyard issue

The 525 has a pretty light stick. Have you considered dropping it? I'd recommend doing that the first time (before climbing) so that you can safely inspect all standing rigging and sheaves.

If the sheave will only fit thinner line then I'd splice double braid to amsteel instead of running wire to rope. Amsteel is just as strong, low stretch, the splice is easier, and it weighs a lot less.
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