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Wire halyard vs rope halyard
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Author:  gmozavala [ Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:44 am ]
Post subject:  Wire halyard vs rope halyard

Every 2 or 3 years my getaway (2009) halyard breaks at the wire- rope joint (wire rusts regardless at the joint and then breaks). Does this happen to many people? I was wondering if there would be a problem to use the old style hobie 16 halyard (the one that is half wire) with the comp tip? I also have a friend who has a H-16 with comp tip and has the same question, because he had an old H16 with the old halyard and had no problems with it.


Guillermo Zavala

Author:  tpdavis473 [ Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:18 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Wire halyard vs rope halyard$60

I rinse my halyard joint after each sail, but it will happen again eventually since the join is made with dissimilar metals so you'll get galvanic corrosion eventually. But, for $60 or so, you can keep a spare. Pretty cheap, really.

You "can" replace the wire join with a small diameter high tech line join which won't corrode. You can also tie a knot in the high tech line at the right spot to catch the hook--best to put a stopper on top of the knot. I think an empty brass shell casing would work-especially if you crimped it over the knot. I have done this and it is my spare...I didn't have a shell casing, so I used a small washer, but the washer moves out of place which is less than ideal.

Author:  mmiller [ Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:24 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Wire halyard vs rope halyard

Wire conducts electricity, so not recommended.

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