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06-02-2011 12:37 PM
HBBurlington An update for you all...

The stuffing box concern turned out to be a leaking cockpit hose.
We had the marine fella who has worked on the boat previously check it, and the leak was on the starboard side in the aft cabin area. Anyone familiar with a 1987 CS30 knows you have to be about
5 ft, 120 lbs soaking wet and have the flexibility of a member of the Cirque group to get in and back there.
Luckily for us, our boat guy meets that criteria, and he contorted his way
back there last night, replacing the hose.
We are going to clean the bilge and all of the grids on the floor this weekend
and towel them bone dry to monitor the sitch.

Regarding the new halyard, I thank you all for your patience and advice as I spin into this learning curve at mach 11.

Cheers!
Kim
06-01-2011 07:22 PM
TropicCat If you're going to sew the rope, go and buy a new line and sew to the old one and pull it through. Voila, you've replaced the line.

I'd also recommend a couple of things. First, look into buying a bosuns chair and 2nd learning on how to adjust your stuffing box.
05-30-2011 04:55 PM
HBBurlington Thanks...we're going to take a crack at it this weekend!
05-30-2011 04:44 PM
imagine2frolic It is easy, and especiallly if someone else holds the ropes ends together . Maybe 20 minutes, and you're done.....i2f
05-30-2011 04:31 PM
HBBurlington Thank you!
Sounds easy...(famous last words, eh?).
05-30-2011 04:20 PM
imagine2frolic yes you sew rope. Butt the ends together, and it is easier with a third hand, or fourth. Then sew them together, and tape them tight, so the ropes are smaller than their original size. It helps with shrink material too. If it is smaller it won't hang up going over the sheave, top of the mast........i2f
05-30-2011 04:02 PM
HBBurlington It's a clutch, sorry!!!!
05-30-2011 03:53 PM
HBBurlington Hi,
Sorry, I probably used the wrong term...it's probably a block and it's right in front of the winch...
You sew rope to rope?
05-30-2011 03:43 PM
CalebD
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Originally Posted by HBBurlington View Post
Hi,
...
Prior to leaving, when we were rigging, our halyard line snapped and has a fray point. There is no stress on the line, because if/when we use it, it will be below the turnbuckle. We've wrapped some tape around the line at both points where it snapped. The trick will be getting it through the holes in the turnbuckle.
...
I'm not sure that turnbuckle is the right term here. Perhaps you mean a block, turning block or cleat? A picture or two might help.

When I replace a halyard I will use a sail repair sewing kit to sew the new halyard to the old one with a few stitches and then tape over the intersection. Once the new halyard is all the way through the joint can be undone and viola! your new halyard is in place without climbing the mast.

Hope this helps.
05-30-2011 03:38 PM
DonScribner HB,

"Below the turnbuckle" is throwing me. If it's the main halyard, I'd drop the mainsail, cut the shackle, sew a new halyard line to it and draw it back over the mast head. I would assume that the new halyard had an eye splice in it ready to take the shackle. If not, my favorite knot for this application is an anchor bend. Shop around and you can get Vectran for less than $1/foot.
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