posted 17 May 2000 07:32 PM
Whilst racing ‘High Note’ we have been having occasional problems with our genoa halyard and were wondering if anyone could suggest any remedies.
The problem is as follows, when trying to drop the genoa after a kite hoist the halyard drops about a foot or so but then jams, we can pull it back up and eventualy it releases after pulling it up and down several times.
We are confident that the halyards are not twisted and that it is not just a friction problem as it is not that it comes down with plenty of grunt – it won’t budge at all.
We only have the problem with the kite up as without exception the genoa comes down after the finish which is even more frustrating!
Any sugestiona would be apreciated – Cheers Sam North
18 May 2000 04:52 PM
Please confirm the following:
1) Is the Halyard all rope, or rope and wire spliced?
2) Are you fitted with a foil or hanks?
18 May 2000 09:06 PM
Has the halyard sheave worn so that there is a gap between the sheave and the sheave box? Halyards (especially wire ones) can fall off the sheave and into the gap where they jam. The best fix is a new sheave and / or sheave box but you can do a quick and cheap fix with a couple of stainless steel washers the same size as the sheave.
18 May 2000 09:55 PM
thanks for the replies,
I’ll check that there isn’t too much of a gap around the sheave,
also to confirm, we use hanks on the genoa and the halyard is all spectra with part of the outer sheath stripped although the point where the halyard jams doesn’t coincide with the taper.