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11-08-2012 10:40 AM
Re: Need To Hire A Local "Up The Mast" Person

I've had Winston of Fiddlehead Boatworks go up my mast to install stuff and tune my rigging, and his prices are reasonable. I believe there's someone at Ferry Point marina that also makes house calls.
11-07-2012 06:31 PM
Re: Need To Hire A Local "Up The Mast" Person

I have someone from this very site coming over Saturday to check it out, I'm not sure if he wants to be identified but he can chime in if he does. He mentioned the splice could be wedged into the sheeve. I plan to be in this sport a long time it doesn't hurt to secure a rigger albiet so soon after buying this boat.
11-07-2012 11:07 AM
Re: Need To Hire A Local "Up The Mast" Person

Just put of the box thinking here.

I replaced my wire to rope halyards a few years ago with all rope halyards. The sheeves at the top were wide enough but actually had a groove for the wire which hung up the all rope new high test halyard. I wound up having to replace the sheeves.

Wonder if this might be the case.

Another possibility since you cant find a cam cleat is that since many jib halyards with furlers are left up the entire season or maybe even multiple seasons without lowering them the pressure of the line seating in the sheeve coupled with the salt air and moisture from rain have turned it hard. ( kind of like your jib sheet knots on the clew at the end of the season.

It is a good practice to raise and lower a jib halyard at least once a month during the season. Also to was the top swivel out with fresh water and check on the sail threads and shackle at the top.

lets me know what the results of this are.

11-07-2012 09:52 AM
Re: Need To Hire A Local "Up The Mast" Person

Here's a thought: if you really can't find anyone willing to go up the mast, Fairview Marina (around the corner from White Rocks in Wall Cove) has a cherry picker/boom lift. You could put the boat on their bulkhead and have someone check out the masthead from land.
11-07-2012 08:57 AM
Re: Need To Hire A Local "Up The Mast" Person

It should be all rope judging from the pics. Only place wire would be used is the area in the mast, and the pics show rope at the head of the sail.
11-07-2012 04:49 AM
Re: Need To Hire A Local "Up The Mast" Person

I'm 99% it's all rope...At least I don't see any wire.
11-07-2012 03:56 AM
Re: Need To Hire A Local "Up The Mast" Person

OP is a big guy like me, even taller. Would be an effort to get him aloft ( Sorry) smile)

Is the halyard all rope or wire rope? Sounds like it jumped the sheeve.

No jam cleat?

If you have someone else go up. Try and combine projects and replace bulb, tape spreader boots etc. It probablky wont take a lot of time to fix your problem.
11-06-2012 11:02 PM
Re: Need To Hire A Local "Up The Mast" Person

The jib rolls just fine, it just won't budge when trying to pull it down. I really am uncomfortable with the idea of going up the mast since I don't have the equipment, I've never been up a mast and at 245lbs I'm not sure it would do the boat any good having that kind of weight up there. I really think the halyard jumped off the pully and is wedged. The other 2 halyards work fine so it isn't tangled in them.
11-06-2012 03:27 PM
Re: Need To Hire A Local "Up The Mast" Person

To pick up on Chef2sail's point: we have a jam cleat just below the mast exit plate for the jib halyard. Even when I lift up the clutch on the cabin top, the sail won't come down.

The boat is still new to us and I always forget it's there because it's obscured by the stackpack. It was good for a brief moment of panic when I had my wife up the mast in the bosun's chair and couldn't lower her back to the deck a few weeks ago.
11-05-2012 07:12 AM
Re: Need To Hire A Local "Up The Mast" Person

Why don't you climb the mast and investigate?

I use ascenders and a climbing harness to scale the mast.

It appears you could tie a line to the jib halyard, then release it from the furling equipment. I assume either the halyard is jammed or the furling equipment is stuck in place.
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