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  • #3471
    Jim Sutherland
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    I have a wooden mast with original 1960s rigging. Rope halyards. Can you replace the Holt Allen metal/plastic blocks with more sturdy blocks to take a wire halyard for the genoa? Can the original blocks do? Fitting a highfield lever is easy enough.

    We are a long way from a Cruising Conference but the Wayfarer Book and the Wayfarer Magazine are poured over in the far north….

    #5189
    Bob Harland
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    Jim,
    If you tension your rig with the standing rigging and bottlescrew(s) then you would probably find a rope halyard adequate – provided your genoa/jib are kept tight to the forestay with piston hanks or clips.
    4mm dyneema would be quite strong enough, though 5mm is less likely to cut into the hands – check the diametre of your existing halyard and try to match that.
    I don’t think there is much benefit to be had in changing to wire on a wooden mast.

    #5191
    Jim Sutherland
    Participant

    Thanks Bob.

    The rigging is quite slack and I will try a new halyard.

    Jim

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