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07-19-2013 12:40 PM
SJ34
Re: Halyard installed backwards

When I whip the bitter ends of my halyards I always leave a very small loop of whipping string to serve as an attachment point for a messenger line.
07-19-2013 11:45 AM
Dick6969
Re: Halyard installed backwards

Use whipping line and it comes with a needle.
07-19-2013 11:40 AM
poopdeckpappy
Re: Halyard installed backwards

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim R. View Post
Poop, that works if you cut the shackle off the old halyard first. Otherwise your halyard would be reversed like the OP.

The OP is needing to reverse the halyard, not replace it, so he will have to use a messenger line.
Doh, I really shouldn't be reading/posting past my bed time sorry wasn't think'n splice shackle
07-19-2013 09:27 AM
abrahamx
Re: Halyard installed backwards

Sounds like any of these methods will work well. the halyard is brand new this season actually.
07-19-2013 07:54 AM
chucklesR
Re: Halyard installed backwards

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim R. View Post
Poop, that works if you cut the shackle off the old halyard first. Otherwise your halyard would be reversed like the OP.

The OP is needing to reverse the halyard, not replace it, so he will have to use a messenger line.
I believe PoopDeckPappy meant in normal situations, not specific to this case, however if the shackle is just bowline'd (or
) to the halyard you could of course untie it (of course then we'd not be having this thread now would we).
07-19-2013 06:23 AM
Tim R.
Re: Halyard installed backwards

Quote:
Originally Posted by poopdeckpappy View Post
Yeah, I don't get using a messenger line that's anything other than the new halyard you'll be using. You secure the old and new together, pull the old out and the new one takes its place, done, sorta kinda.
Poop, that works if you cut the shackle off the old halyard first. Otherwise your halyard would be reversed like the OP.

The OP is needing to reverse the halyard, not replace it, so he will have to use a messenger line.
07-19-2013 01:36 AM
poopdeckpappy
Re: Halyard installed backwards

Yeah, I don't get using a messenger line that's anything other than the new halyard you'll be using. You secure the old and new together, pull the old out and the new one takes its place, done, sorta kinda.
07-19-2013 12:17 AM
arf145
Re: Halyard installed backwards

Like Raindog, I sewed and taped when I did this.
07-18-2013 10:00 PM
bblument
Re: Halyard installed backwards

It's rare that I find a question here that I can answer...I kind of consider myself the forum newbie.

Having said that, I had to remove badly rotted jib and main halyards from my boat with the mast up. I used el cheapo clothesline, sewed it to the end of the existing lame-o halyards using carpet threads, and sort of whipped around the joint to make it fairly smooth. Not a problem.. the halyards came down fine, and the "messenger" clothesline was ready to take the new halyards up. I ended up dropping the mast anyway for other ... ahem... internal structural issues... < insert glare at previous owner > ..., but you needn't use anything special as a messenger line, at least in the short term.

No worries...

Barry
07-18-2013 09:39 PM
Tim R.
Re: Halyard installed backwards

I start by melting the two lines together and then sew them with some whipping line. I have plenty of spare lines on board to do this with. Never hurts to have a spare 100 length of double braid aboard.

If you want to do it cheap then go to Home Depot and buy some of their cheap braid line. Same size or one smaller. Toss the cheap line or save it for the next time but do not,use it as running rigging.
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