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Steve Gilbert

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Spin Halyard Length and Size
« on: March 18, 2013, 06:56:02 AM »
Anyone have a recommendation for Spinnaker halyard length and reasonable size? The one we have on The Sheep right now is just one mm larger than piano wire and needs to be replaced.
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Tim Carter

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Re: Spin Halyard Length and Size
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2013, 01:28:04 PM »
I run 5mm and it's about 85'.  the actual length is somewhat dependant on where you puller patches are on your kite.  Start with 90' and shorten as you see fit.
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Re: Spin Halyard Length and Size
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013, 05:38:07 PM »
6.1   (a)...............................


  (d)  Halyards and the retrieval line shall be a minimum diameter of 4.0 mm (approx 3/16).


I also run 5mm. , 4.0mm is class minimum.
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Re: Spin Halyard Length and Size
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2013, 06:22:29 PM »
Thank you for your help guys.. I seem to recall that Brad and Lee said something about switching to 6mm for the plush factor but can't remember for sure. the NA's are a bit of a blur.. anyone using 6mm for comfort?
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Re: Spin Halyard Length and Size
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2013, 07:02:42 PM »
6mm paraloc marlin. Been using the same line for 4 years too. It's not about how well you sail it's about how plush your lines (and crew) are.

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Re: Spin Halyard Length and Size
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2013, 07:39:26 AM »
thank you Ben, big help..
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Brad Boston

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Re: Spin Halyard Length and Size
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2013, 08:16:19 AM »
We use 6mm at 88'. Does not knot as easy at 6mm and the bow does not cry as much...

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Re: Spin Halyard Length and Size
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2013, 09:17:40 AM »
That said, when you see a 6mm spin halyard, you say to yourself "wow, that looks slow."  Then you realize whose boat it is on and you say "ok, clearly they are making it work, but it's got to be in spite of that crazy thick spin halyard."  Then Lee defends the spin halyard selection for 10 minutes.  I still find it hard to believe that in light air, the extra weight of a halyard that size doesn't make a difference, but having smooth douses and happy crew may be worth the tradeoff. 
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Re: Spin Halyard Length and Size
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2013, 02:50:13 PM »
hum... good feedback no one wants to look slow thats for sure...

As crew for a majority of our races, I am all for the 'no crying' option.

Will let you know how it turns out. 
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Re: Spin Halyard Length and Size
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2013, 08:15:56 PM »
Peter, what kind of spin line will fix my problem of looking slow AND being slow?? Glad to hear about this, I've been wondering what my problem is!
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Re: Spin Halyard Length and Size
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2013, 10:30:35 AM »
how about a tapered one whit a 5mm tail to connect to the retrieval side?
I am sure it must be illegal but that would sure look fast anyhow...
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Re: Spin Halyard Length and Size
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2013, 11:45:35 AM »
PART D Technical Committee Interpretations

14.1  Rule 6.1 is interpreted to mean that tapered sheets and halyards are prohibited.
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Re: Spin Halyard Length and Size
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2013, 07:04:16 AM »
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Re: Spin Halyard Length and Size
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2013, 11:23:32 PM »
hmmmm....save the case and stitch it back on for class events?

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Re: Spin Halyard Length and Size
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2017, 03:21:57 PM »
I'm happy to report that the 6mm Paraloc Marlin the Ben bought for the boat (#22) finally bit the dust, fall of 2016.

2009-2016....value for money. Shopping for a suitable replacement before spring.
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