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As my user name suggests I own the1,280th Lido 14 built. Currently my main and jib halyards are two part wire and rope. I've heard rumblings about replacing these with Spectra/Dynema and was looking for some advice. My first thought is to simply replace the cable portion and doing away with the shackles on the sail end. However I have no idea if this is a valid though or not. I know many racers who replace it all with a single piece of line but I hear using the cleats with the thin slick line can cause issues. Thoughts?
 

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For a Lido I would probably just go to strait dyneema and make sure your cam cleats are in good shape. Your halyards are pretty lightly loaded, so I wouldn't worry to much about adding tails. It just wouldn't be worth the effort.

If you do want to add something to make the line easier to handle, then splice in a short piece of cover where the halyard hits the cleat. You can recycle used line, or use a 3' piece of something like Samson 'Smooth Ice' cover. It's a pretty quick splice to learn, and since it carries no load isn't a critical issue.

Wire as halyards are long past time to retire.
 

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For a Lido I would probably just go to strait dyneema and make sure your cam cleats are in good shape. Your halyards are pretty lightly loaded, so I wouldn't worry to much about adding tails. It just wouldn't be worth the effort.

If you do want to add something to make the line easier to handle, then splice in a short piece of cover where the halyard hits the cleat. You can recycle used line, or use a 3' piece of something like Samson 'Smooth Ice' cover. It's a pretty quick splice to learn, and since it carries no load isn't a critical issue.

Wire as halyards are long past time to retire.
sorry thought this was a bigger boat
 

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As long as the sheave at the masthead is in good shape, I suggest 3/8" spectra with the cover stripped off the fall of the halyard from the masthead. It worked for us on our racing dinghy quite nicely.

FWIW...
 
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There's a new Samson single braid that has nice hand & is 'toothy' enuf to work in standard cleats, clutches, and winch drums.

Control-DPX

Nicey-strongy, lower creep than some Dyneema, and a good price. I'm thinking we replace all the 1/2"-line-to-5/16"-wire halyards on our 30'er with 1/4" Control-DPX. Keep the line coils small & save about 20# aloft.:laugher

For a Lido 14, you could get away with about a 3/32" high tech line. But at some point, it gets too small to ride the sheaves or handle comfortably. I've used 3/16" on dinks for halyards.
 
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