H18 Halyard Hook

Having some issues with the Main hooking. I think I read somewhere to remove the hook lock piece so just the hook is there.
Any advice appreciated.
Yes, remove the old "flapper" hook cover.

Most of the problems with hooking the H18 main are with technique. Once you get it right you can hook and unhook reliably.

First, since you still have the flapper, do you have the Halyard Ring or are you still using the original halyard shackle?

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Yes,
I have the Aussie halyard ring. I'll remove the flapper.
Thanks
Good, with the ring it's important to pre-twist the halyard in the opposite direction of the hook several times before attaching it to the main. That will make the ring want to turn onto the hook rather than away.

Also, make sure the knot is on the mast side of the ring to tilt the top of the ring toward the hook.

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I found that out when "lawn sailing" putting up the main. The knot direction is quite important. I'll try the halyard twist too. How are you liking the square top sail?

Dan
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