Spinnaker Halyard

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Postby Guest » Wed May 15, 2002 10:41 am

I've seen that the spin halyard on some 80's has a knot near the top to prevent the last few inches of the halyard from being pulled into the mast when raising the chute. I assume that's for one of 2 possible reasons: to prevent the shackle from getting jammed into the block at the head of the mast or to keep the head of the sail out away from the mast a few inches, maybe to increase its separation from the main. So my questions are: 1. which is the correct reason? 2. how far should the stop knot be from the top? 3. are there any disadvantages?

Thanks,
Mike
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Postby Guest » Wed May 15, 2002 5:10 pm

The primary reason is to keep the halyard from jamming in the sheave. We use a stopper ball rather than a knot and it is located approx. 1" from the shackle. The splice will prevent you from tying the knot within about 6" of the shackle. Some ease the halyard a little in order to make the luff fuller and rotate the sail to weather. Most accomplish this by easing the tack or a combination of the two. There is an obvious disadvantage to having the halyard jam in the sheave, so tie a knot or use a stopper ball. Also remember to tape the shackle, it has been known to pop open at inopportune moments. Or remove it completely and tie the halyard to the head.
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Postby Guest » Thu May 16, 2002 8:06 am

I strongly recommend losing the shackle all together and tying the halyard to the sail. I did this after my shackle opened at a very inopportune time. Besides, it save weight aloft!
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