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  • I am new to sailing and have a Trac16 I am trying to clean up and put on the water. I have down loaded the owners manual and it looks like I am missing the mainsail halyard hook and jib sail hook. I would like to ask anyone who has one if they could take a few pics of these parts and maybe help with a pattern and dimensions so I can fabricate these parts. The owners manual calls for 3/16 halyard. Is this enough line/strong enough line to support the mainsail and cleat off if I do not use a halyard hook? Planning to put on the water for the remainder of this summer and fully restoring this winter and spring. Thank you for any help.
  • Any decent quality low stretch dyneema, (or Vectran), cored Line is sufficient. You don’t need to worry about strength, the breaking strength is way more than you can ever pull.

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  • I think he is asking if the halyard is strong enough if he cleats it off at the mast base and goes sailing.

    For the jib murrays has these.

    https://www.murrays.com/product/56-9839/

    https://www.murrays.com/product/25-3050/

    I am not familiar with the main sail hook on a trac. The manual here stops at the battens for the main, but Murrays should have what you need.

    https://www.murrays.com/s…alyard%20ring&page_num=2

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    Pete Knapp
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  • Quote Is this enough line/strong enough line to support the mainsail and cleat off if I do not use a halyard hook?

    just note that using a hook at the top of your mast = a 1:1 pull on your hardware when you downhaul your sail

    running a halyard up your mast, back down and cleating (anywhere) now = 2:1 and this doubles the stress on your mast
  • Quote Ithink he is asking if the halyard is strong enough if he cleats it off at the mast base and goes sailing.

    Thanks Pete.
    Yes, 3/16” is plenty strong. Just check the stretch data, & get a line with little stretch. You will never break a 3/16” dyneema/vectran line on a 16’ boat, unless you chaffe it to death.



    Edited by Edchris177 on Aug 09, 2019 - 03:39 PM.

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    Hobie 18 Magnum
    Dart 15
    Mystere 6.0XL Sold Was a handful solo
    Nacra 5.7
    Nacra 5.0
    Bombardier Invitation (Now officially DEAD)
    Various other Dock cluttering WaterCrap
    --
  • Thank you for the help. Let's me get it out on the water with out worry. I would still like to find or fabricate the mainsail halyard hook just to put it back together the way it came. Maybe after some time on the boat, and or some time to look at other boats I may come up with something different or better.
  • Yes the 1:1 vs 2:1 is what I was concerned about and the reason for questioning line strength. I have replaced all control lines, if just for piece of mind.

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