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Date Posted: - Saturday - 10/15/11 - 10:03pm
Author: Randy Hilton
Subject: Replacing furler/head stay

I have an old,bent furler foil and I'm considering opting for hank-on jibs. Does anyone have experience with replacing the stay without removing the mast? I have only the jib and main halyard. No spinnaker halyard. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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[> Re: Replacing furler/head stay -- Ryan, - Sunday - 10/16/11 - 2:14am

I can only speak to what I have done on my boat, Mariner 40, but it was done with the ok from the rigger, so I assume it was not too unusual. I replaced the back stay with the mast on, just using one halyard as a temporary backstay. Used the winch to tension the halyard quite a bit to take out any stretch. Going up the mast it seemed as solid with the halyard as it did with the backstay. I did tie the end of the halyard rather than use the snapshackle where it attached in the cockpit, but other than that nothing special.

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[> Forestay -- Doug Wilson, - Sunday - 10/16/11 - 1:53pm

Not a problem, replaced the forestay and added Profurl 320 four years ago, and pulled the forestay and furler a couple of weeks ago. Used the jib halyard, cranked it tight.
Also replaced spreader plates this summer. And all standing rigging as well.

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