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    revoli
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    When replacing halyards I dropped the mast foot at critical moment before stoppers fixed on halyards. Despite my best efforts I ended up with twisted halyards. Only discovered when under load during a test sail. Anyone got a clever way of rethreading halyard ensuring no twists inside mast?

    #10640
    Fantasia
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    You could try taking the heel fitting off and looking up the inside of the mast with a torch to sort out the twist. When re-threading a broken halyard I use a 2-300mm length of bath plug chain (available B&Q) attached to a mousing line to drop the line down from the sheave. Hook the chain out from the appropriate exit in the heel with a hooked piece of wire. Keep the other halyards tight during the re-threading to avoid tangling. I’ve never had a problem with internal twists/tangles.

    #10649
    revoli
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    I tried the torch trick, even used one taped to end of garden cane. Could not see the problem. I might try my sons laser pointer…. Else the chain idea sounds good. I will try bike chain. Thanks

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