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05-24-2012 07:46 AM
BDFletch
Re: main sail fell, halyard at top of mast....

I did it! Video posted. Boy, there is a first time for everything. First getting the halyard stuck, getting it down and now posting a video on YouTube. Thanks again for the coaching.
05-24-2012 07:15 AM
BDFletch
Re: main sail fell, halyard at top of mast....

Thanks, I now have the video and will give it a try.
05-23-2012 05:37 PM
captainrizzo
Re: main sail fell, halyard at top of mast....

Quote:
Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
Good Idea/

I taped 5 dockmates boathooks together with duct tape.
I would have to use the chef's method...I don't have a backstay! Your idea is genius however! Thanks for sharing.
05-23-2012 04:43 PM
fendertweed
Re: main sail fell, halyard at top of mast....

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Originally Posted by CapnBilll View Post
That's my way of doing things. duct tape and 8' poles. And I'm tying messenger lines to all my halyards.

And My halyards have a little loop on the pull...Now I know what it is for. :headsmack:
what do you use as a messenger line and how to do you secure it to your halyards... mine are getting old enough that I'm thinking I should pre rig them that way, no obvious chafe yet but want to be prepared.

Was the loop on the pull of the halyard (I assume you mean the end that terminates in the cockpit?) done by you? How (if you know, if you didn't do it)? - sounds like a good idea.

Thanks,
Jon
05-23-2012 12:56 PM
CapnBilll
Re: main sail fell, halyard at top of mast....

That's my way of doing things. duct tape and 8' poles. And I'm tying messenger lines to all my halyards.

And My halyards have a little loop on the pull...Now I know what it is for. :headsmack:
05-23-2012 12:53 PM
bratzcpa
Re: main sail fell, halyard at top of mast....

LOL, this is awesome. I just replaced some running rigging the other day. I made absolutely sure to hang on to the loose ends, while unhooking the shackles, etc. Very afraid of heights and was sure I was going to "lose my grip on something" and have to go up the stick.

I'll tuck this idea in the "hope I never need it, but if I do . . . " category.

Would love to see a pic or video too.

~markb
05-23-2012 11:36 AM
arf145
Re: main sail fell, halyard at top of mast....

Quote:
Originally Posted by BDFletch View Post
short movie taken via I-Phone, on brothers phone, have to get it off and then learn how to post it on sailnet.com ..... coming asap.....
One way would be to upload the video on Youtube and then link to it in a post.
05-23-2012 09:04 AM
BDFletch
Re: main sail fell, halyard at top of mast....

short movie taken via I-Phone, on brothers phone, have to get it off and then learn how to post it on sailnet.com ..... coming asap.....
05-23-2012 01:54 AM
chef2sail
Re: main sail fell, halyard at top of mast....

Good Idea/

I taped 5 dockmates boathooks together with duct tape.
05-23-2012 01:36 AM
obanarama
Re: main sail fell, halyard at top of mast....

Wow, that's impressive. Same thing happened to me a few years ago but the rig on the boat was old and I didn't trust going up the mast tethered to the jib halyard.

So I first motored over to nearby pier that had a building with a second story on it. I got off the boat and walked the jib halyard up to the deck on the second story of the building so I was parallel to the top of the mast (24' boat at the time) and tried to pull the mast to me. Try as I might - pulling and rocking the boat - I couldn't get it near close enough to grab the halyard. Which made me even more impressed by that old wind power which heels the boat with ease.

Anyway, I eventually bit the bullet and motored the boat to my yard. The yard guys put an employee on the fork end of a big fork lift and raised him as high as it would go and moved it as close as they could to my boat in the water. I could barely watch as the guy leaned out off of the end of the fork and grabbed my halyard.

Cost me $100.

You are much smarter then I.
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