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  1. Raising the mainsail

    My wife does not have much upper body strength, but she would still like to be able to raise the mainsail on our Catalina 30 Tall Rig on her own. The obvious solution is to use the starboard jib winch. The trouble is that the fairlead and cleat for the main halyard are on top of the cabin...
  2. ... another breaking strength thread

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hey all, I have a mirage 27 and I've replaced the main hayl with 5/16 Samson XLS. I like that diameter as it stacks nicely. Anyway, the breaking strength is 3500 Lbs. I also picked up a 3/16 Ronstan locking halyard shackle to go along with it. The shackle looks a little smaller in my hand than...
  3. Mounting GoPro for Halyard

    Gear & Maintenance
    I'd like to hoist my GoPro camera up my spinnaker halyard. I see a lot of videos that say this is how they created their footage, but I can't find any images or descriptions of how they mounted/secured the camera. Have you ever done/seen this?
  4. Santana 525 Main Halyard issue

    Gear & Maintenance
    I've had this Santana 525 ('78) for less than a year, so I don't know its history. It has a wire-to-rope internal halyard, and the wire just got a fatal fray near the wire-rope interface. -I'd replace it with an all-rope halyard, but I can't do that without knowing what the sheave is like...
  5. Masthead Sheaves

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hello all - We have a Columbia Challenger, built in 1964, hull #248 that we acquired last year and we are finding lots of small projects. The current project: We had some difficulty with the halyards when we first got her, and first I tried a new main halyard. That worked well, but there...
  6. Getting Dinghy on Deck

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    How do YOU get your dinghy on the deck? I would like to occasionally bring our 90 lbs hard dinghy onto the forward deck and flip it upside down. I have a spare halyard. I thought I once saw someone get it above the freeboard using a block off the boom and then bring it toward the bow with a...
  7. main sail fell, halyard at top of mast....

    Gear & Maintenance
    Our 28' Alerion Express has a ~40' mast, fixed keel and was initially rigged with portable davit at the boat ramp. When sailing last week the main sail came down (failed shackle or install error) leaving the halyard at the top of the mast. Thought about using a chair lift but the jib is on a...
  8. Pearson 28 mast information

    Gear & Maintenance
    I am planning to run lines back to the cockpit by using a mast plate with turning blocks under the bottom of the mast. By having the vertical force on the lines pushing on the mast rather than pulling on the cabin top, it reduces stress on the cabin top. I did this on my previous boat with...
  9. Soft Halyard or Line Shackle

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    I have come up with a variation on a soft shackle that can be used to attach a 12 strand line to anything without fumbling with the shackle as it is built into the line. A knot loop is permanently attached to whatever you will want to attach the line to. A openable eye is built into the 12...