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  • Today sucked main halyard broke just after unloading and rigging the boat on a beutiful day. The sail was all almost to the top and I pulled the line on more time to secure the ball under the toe and it broke right at the ball. https://www.thebeachcats.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=135905&g2_serialNumber=3
    How can this be fixed? Do I need to buy a new halyard and ball can this be fixed easily?
    I am starting to hate wire halyard and do not understand why they are used. I have gotten rid of the wire jib halyard and wish I could to the same with main halyard, but it has to hook under the toe at the top of the mast.
  • Your boat is 40 years old. Stuff wears out.
    Several advised to replace all wires, it’s good advice.
    They used it because it’s simple, strong, & nearly no stretch. You would have worn out several line halyards in that timeframe.
    The first time you have to hoist, or drop your main, while not pointed into the wind, you will be glad it uses a ball/fork. The sail can be dropped even hard against the shrouds.

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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
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  • That is not an unusual failure for the halyard. The first time it happened to me, I was on a race to Put-In-Bay in Lake Erie and out of sight of the mainland. A new halyard will not break the bank. Looks like EdChris last broke his in 2018. https://www.thebeachcats.…opic/topic/17416/start/0 I have learned to keep a spare. We both have had the Salty Dog halyard, and This is the one on-deck https://www.murrays.com/product/02-4473-50/



    Edited by tominpa on Oct 10, 2021 - 11:30 PM.

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    Tom
    NACRA 5.7 (1984 Sail 181)
    Pennsylvania
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  • Usually you get some warning. A strand or two breaks first before the whole thing goes. I had one replaced recently using "Sailing Services" out of Miami. I mailed them the old one and within a few days they duplicated it.

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    Bill Townsend
    G-Cat 5.7
    Sarasota
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  • rungiToday sucked main halyard broke just after unloading and rigging the boat on a beutiful day. The sail was all almost to the top and I pulled the line on more time to secure the ball under the toe and it broke right at the ball. https://www.thebeachcats.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=135905&g2_serialNumber=3
    How can this be fixed? Do I need to buy a new halyard and ball can this be fixed easily?
    I am starting to hate wire halyard and do not understand why they are used. I have gotten rid of the wire jib halyard and wish I could to the same with main halyard, but it has to hook under the toe at the top of the mast.


    Yes and this is typical on the ball-stop swages. Not sure where you are located, but the only one I know of that has the swage dies for this is Stix n' Rig'n in Kemah, TX. I have built dozens of halyards with ball-stops. Sailing Services does a great job as well. I have dealt with Brooks for decades.

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    Scott

    Prindle 18-2 Mod "FrankenKitty"
    Tornado Classic "Fast Furniture"
    Prindle 19 "Mr. Wiggly" - gone
    Nacra 5.8 "De ja vu"
    Nacra 5.0
    Nacra 5.8
    Tornadoes (Reg White)
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  • QuoteYour boat is 40 years old. Stuff wears out.
    Several advised to replace all wires, it’s good advice.

    +1

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