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IMHO, you'd be much better off switching to an all line
halyard. There are significant benefits to doing so.
Knots and splicing nuts weaken the halyard too much IMHO, and become a significant point of failure, not to mention causing problems with trying to pass the halyard through a block as werebeagle has pointed out.
A well-tied bowline might have 60-70% strength of the line
at best, and a splicing nut is probably about 75% of the strength of the line
. Compare this to a properly done splice, which may be as strong as 95% of the strength of the line
Modern, high-tech lines, like New England Ropes T900 are actually stronger than steel cable of the same diameter.
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