Re: replace rope/wire halyards with synthetic?
To reiterate what I've said before, I beg to differ. Have converted 3 boats to rope halyards using the composite rope/wire masthead sheaves that the masts came with with no problems.
Having no visible problems with a particular boat in a limited period of time says nothing about whether wear is happening or, over longer periods, you'll end up shortening the life of your halyards. And nothing times three is still nothing. Not saying your halyards will suddenly explode on you if you used grooved sheaves. Am saying, having seen it on the old halyards on my boat, and corroborating the advice of rigger Brion Toss, it's better economy to use rope sheaves with rope halyards. If you're comfortable with your loaded halyards rolling over 2 permanent, parallel 90-degree ridges inside the groove of your aluminum sheaves, have at it.
Last edited by svselkie02; 03-31-2018 at 07:49 PM.