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Aaron Norlund

Hey all,

I have two flag halyards on my port shrouds; one upper, one lower, as well as one on my backstay. I wrap a bit of self-amalgamating parcel around the wire, then use tarred nylon seine twine to sieze small turning blocks to the rig. My local True Value Hardware store has some small single bronze blocks for $5 that work great.

I use cheap 1/8" braided polyester line with a 3/8" bronze snap hook on each end to clip to the flag. To secure the halyard, I use cheap plastic cleats which are seized to the port shrouds (again, with parcel underneath). The little cleats West Marine sells work great; use a rat tail file to work a trough for the seine twine to seat in and prevent it from being chafed by the halyard being made off to it. I have seized a 6" cleat to both of my forward shrouds for securing my jib downhaul and spinnaker sock trigger lines when in use.

I also have a couple of those stainless bulldog-style cleats on my after lowers to secure the stackpack's lazyjacks, but I plan to replace them with seized cleats as I donk't like the idea of point loading the shrouds with clamps.

If anyone wants photos of this stuff, I can snap a few.

Fair leads!
Aaron N.

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