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05-01-2008 02:35 AM
rkfitz Rope halyards stretch in a blow,cable halyards don't. I hate it when my halyards slap against my mast, so I leave enough length to tie both ends off to a lifeline stanchion base, and I avoid boxers.
04-24-2008 07:51 PM
jbibb
Quote:
Originally Posted by merttan View Post
I'll tell you what I have, that maybe help...
1.25 lenght of the mast with steel cable with each end spliced to a shackle. Thus, I can connect or disconnect the sails easily and replace the rope part accoring to my needs... If I'd need to bring the rope part to the cockpit in future, I can just change the rope or if the rope wears out or damages along the way, I can, again, change the rope without dealing with the replacing the whole system...
Other than strength, is there a reason to use steel cable instead of rope? I have steel cable already installed without questioning...now is the opportunity.
04-22-2008 12:01 PM
merttan I'll tell you what I have, that maybe help...
1.25 lenght of the mast with steel cable with each end spliced to a shackle. Thus, I can connect or disconnect the sails easily and replace the rope part accoring to my needs... If I'd need to bring the rope part to the cockpit in future, I can just change the rope or if the rope wears out or damages along the way, I can, again, change the rope without dealing with the replacing the whole system...
04-22-2008 01:06 AM
artbyjody My rule of thumb for any line is 20% over what is required. That allows for splicing in a emergency (unlikely but chafing etc - plausible). The problem with having so much more than required is that its is more maintenance and tending to. On my C-27 the halyards were literally 15 feet longer than necessary. That made coiling and the amount of line that could tangled - more than what was necessary to deal with. My Barberis is no different, as I have some of the shroud tensioning lines that are 20 feet over what is needed, and ends up being just a pile of line that hangs there adding more weight to the boat and more to tend to.

Since I also believe in using downhauls as well - I am a bit more allergic to having more than necessary line as already - I have enough that will tangle and get in the way. Therefore I like to have 20% more and no more or less. If you carry spare line as I do you will never run out in a emergency situation as it is simple to extend what you have for say a MOB situation.

Just my 2 cents...think of the manageability and whether a line needs to be oversized - and if so how much do you want to deal with splayed all over the cockpit assuming you have it rigged for single handling.
04-22-2008 12:21 AM
Giulietta Flying...what I mean with my answer is that the lenght is that one that allows the halyard to come down to the deck at the bow (in case one day you need extra support up front) and still be tied or cleated at the other end.
04-21-2008 11:26 PM
flyingwelshman
I'm sure Abraham Lincoln was a very wise man, but

if the halyard should be long enough to reach the ground, wouldn't the required length vary according to water depth?

I guess I'll never be smart enough to be president.

I think I'll just go see a show....

Quote:
Originally Posted by Giulietta View Post
One day a man asked Abraham Lincoln how long a man's legs should be.

Abraham Lincoln answered:

"Long enough to reach the distance between his body and the floor".

And that pretty much answers your question
04-21-2008 07:03 PM
Giulietta One day a man asked Abraham Lincoln how long a man's legs should be.

Abraham Lincoln answered:

"Long enough to reach the distance between his body and the floor".

And that pretty much answers your question
04-21-2008 06:55 PM
flyingwelshman
Thanks all for your recommendations.

Some great ideas.
Thanks
04-20-2008 10:06 PM
RichardElliott
Main Halyard

Per John Pollard the real issue is hoisting SOMEONE back aboard. Brian Toss replaced my main halyard and he always allows enough length to hoist someone back aboard.
04-20-2008 04:39 PM
JohnRPollard I like a little extra main halyard, in case I need to use it as a topping lift, emergency backstay, or to help hoist something aboard. So rather than measuring straight up and down the mast, I would measure up the mast and back to the chainplate for the backstay, adding a bit for wiggle room and splicing a shackle.
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