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Norm Rhines

Good day Steve and Vanessa:

I am not sure How Rich did his, but I attempted flying a drifter 440 Ft sq. and found in about 30 min I HAD SAWED THROUGH 20 % OF THE HALYARD RUNNING OUT THE MAST head (Lucky We were out for a short sail.
I have a head sail furler, and found the best way of addressing the line issue was to use a block on a bail. The Bail I used is a 3/8? bail with 1/4" plate and 6 Bolts (machine screws holding it down) the load is not so great. I purchased it from Sevensons in Alameda Ca and did the install at the mast head (Lost a phone on the way back down, they just don't swim so good). I drilled and tapped the top head plate (1/4" + thick) using an 18v Dewalt power drill and some tapping oil and a tap. (Reverse often when doing AL). After three + years, it seams to still be in good shape. So the bolt on Bail was my solution.

I hope this helps. Not Sure on the shackle as it will rest on the stay and present some issue? On the tack or jib as the block may not want to go around the stay.

Chaff is a terrible thing, So best of luck and keep the rubb on the wax rag not on the lines.
Norm

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