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Rope connector... what is the name of this??

I have this piece on the end of my main halyard that creates an eye to connect to the old wire halyard. I am trying to find this piece so I can buy just a replacement halyard rope for now to connect and avoid replacing the sheaves for all rope halyards until later this summer.

Does anyone know the name of this piece? I went to Fisheries Supplies and they didnt seem to know.

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Re: Rope connector... what is the name of this??

If it's a short term fix that won't go over the sheaves now anyway, just tie the rope to the wire thimble with a compact bowline.

btw... quite possible you don't need to change the sheaves to go to all rope halyards... have you been able to get a good look at them?

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If it's a short term fix that won't go over the sheaves now anyway, just tie the rope to the wire thimble with a compact bowline.

btw... quite possible you don't need to change the sheaves to go to all rope halyards... have you been able to get a good look at them?

The rope never went over the sheaves the way the wire runs, so that is an option. Is the bowline strong enough for cruising? The guy at marine store looked at me like I was crazy when I showed him that piece or mentioned alternative of using a knot.

I have not had a good look. I am leaving for a weekend trip later this week and just saw today that this main halyard line needed replacing. Unfortunately no time to drop mast this week. Ideally I would buy all rope halyard, but I am nervous of running it up and having it get caught and then being SOL for the moment.
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btw... quite possible you don't need to change the sheaves to go to all rope halyards... have you been able to get a good look at them?
I did change the sheaves in mine, but it was so I could run four halyards instead of two. For my little boat I was able to use 1/4" Control DPX, it would have run fine through the original sheaves.

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I did change the sheaves in mine, but it was so I could run four halyards instead of two. For my little boat I was able to use 1/4" Control DPX, it would have run fine through the original sheaves.

Thanks for info. I have an Oday 27. I think I am going to just get 5/16 and tie a halyard hitch. Hopefully strong enough.
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Re: Rope connector... what is the name of this??

You should be fine tying the rope on with either knot.

With today's small strong lines I'd expect you could go to all rope without too much hassle.. there's also the possiblity of splicing a strong, small diameter Dyneema or some such into a dacron cover for easier handling.

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Re: Rope connector... what is the name of this??

It is called a splicing nut: SplicingNut...every line needs a secure loop

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Re: Rope connector... what is the name of this??

Its a cheater nut. When you don't know how to do a proper eye splice or tie a good knot... you use that or something similar.

A proper splice or a bowline (backed up by 2 half hitches for the truly paranoid) will do at least as well as that nut if not better.
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Re: Rope connector... what is the name of this??

I guess the inconvenient fact you've ignored is that the rope broke before the nut.

Not sure how a splice or bowline would have faired any better.

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Re: Rope connector... what is the name of this??

whip the end of the line so it does not fray. i heat and whip mine.
then learn to splice that which needs splicing.
spliced yacht braid should have whipping at the insertion-- have fun
find ashleys book of knots and read it, play and practice
oh yeah. while ye have ashleys open and you are reading it--practice some of the knots in there. avoid the more complex knots until you have the allegedly lesser knots--the ones that will save your life, not impress your (hahaha) next wife h ah ah ah ah a


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