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Chafed halyard

This weekend my halyard which is many years old got jammed in the track at the top of my mast and as I was frantically trying to to free it to bring down the mainsail it produced the following mess. See attached photo. It seems it's only the outer casing that is frayed. I would rather not purchase a new halyard. Could I whip it or apply another technique?
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Re: Chafed halyard

Just cut ott the snap shackle, whip the end and use a bowline to attach the halyard to the sail. Got rid of most of the snapshackles on my halyards 40 years ago. Shackles on halyards are not needed, just a conspiracy by the hardware manufacturers to sell more gear. The shackles are also dangerous if the halyard gets loose. Not fun to get banged in the head by a loose halyard.
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If length permits cut at the point chafe and use the rest of the rope but I recommend to buy new rope.
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Re: Chafed halyard

Cut it, whip it, tie the shackle on (doesn't look to be a snap shackle) with a halyard knot, go sailing. Of course you also need to address why it chafed through that spot in the first place.
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Re: Chafed halyard

Most likely the halyard ran off the sheave.. this is something that might happen again so an inspection is in order, as Paul in V indicated.

We too got rid of the shackle years ago.. and quite happily and easily tie the mainsail halyard on.

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We too got rid of the shackle years ago.. and quite happily and easily tie the mainsail halyard on.
The halyard connection point to my mainsail appears to be 2 steel plates sandwiching the head of the mainsail with a hole cut through them for the shackle. Seems like they would cut through a halyard fairly quickly. Are there different types of connections used? I'm guessing mine is out of date and possibly not used anymore?

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The halyard connection point to my mainsail appears to be 2 steel plates sandwiching the head of the mainsail with a hole cut through them for the shackle. Seems like they would cut through a halyard fairly quickly. Are there different types of connections used? I'm guessing mine is out of date and possibly not used anymore?
Our headboard has a cringle pressed in there.. a nice, rounded chafe free profile.

I've seen what you describe, and the sharp edges would indeed be a problem for your knotted halyard.

Add a cringle, or take a file and round those edges off to address this.
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Re: Chafed halyard

A lot of sails were made with aluminum pieces riveted together for the head board. Have that on current boat with no problems with wear on the halyard even after 24/7/15 voyage. Might radius the eye on the headboard with a file if you wanted to be careful. When you tie on the halyard, the wear point on the halyard varies with each time it's done.



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The halyard connection point to my mainsail appears to be 2 steel plates sandwiching the head of the mainsail with a hole cut through them for the shackle. Seems like they would cut through a halyard fairly quickly. Are there different types of connections used? I'm guessing mine is out of date and possibly not used anymore?
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