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General Boards => General National 12 chat => Topic started by: StuW on January 23, 2021, 10:50:27 AM

Title: Halyard
Post by: StuW on January 23, 2021, 10:50:27 AM
Hi everybody.
I really want to replace my main halyard as the one I have now seems too hard and too shiny and tends to slip in the cleat whenever I pull the Cunningham on.
It also seems too big a diameter.
What do other people use.
Looking for recommendations.
Stuart N3546
Title: Re: Halyard
Post by: johnk on January 23, 2021, 05:38:57 PM
I use 4mm rope with a dyneema core. At last years Dinghy Show a Marlow rope representative said that 2mm dyneema was plenty strong enough and said that one could strip the outer polyester layer from a 3 or 4mm rope (dyneema core) and just leave the outer covering near where the cleat is.If you use a Clamcleat you may have worn the grooves over time. In this case replace the Clamcleat.
Title: Re: Halyard
Post by: John M on January 24, 2021, 06:01:36 PM
I use a 2:1 halyard.  It is secured to the top of the mast and a shackle on the line fixes to the head of the sail.


I use 4mm kingfisher compact braid 78 rope


Where it cleats I insert a small length of the rope halyard line to make it thicker.  I find thick diameter in the cleat is my friend.


John