Halyard for 470

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I have a Parker 470, and I had to cut the halyard. What is the proper replacement for the halyard? I believe the original was wire, but it's long gone. The previous owner had rigged up some thin nylon line that was all but unbreakable. Unfortunately, it was also sheer hell on your hands when raising the main. I've also seen that the main halyard was likely rigged the same as the jib currently is, as a wire with a rope leader that's much more hand friendly. does this seem right?

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I have a Parker 470, and I had to cut the halyard. What is the proper replacement for the halyard? I believe the original was wire, but it's long gone. The previous owner had rigged up some thin nylon line that was all but unbreakable. Unfortunately, it was also sheer hell on your hands when raising the main. I've also seen that the main halyard was likely rigged the same as the jib currently is, as a wire with a rope leader that's much more hand friendly. does this seem right?

Thanks.
It depends if you have a halyard lock. Even if you have one you can bypass it. Using a rope to wire is usual if it has to have a little ball crimped on it for the halyard lock. Otherwise I would suggest pure Dyneema or Vectran- those are the nearly unbreakable stronger than wire ropes. You can secure one end at the top of the mast, run it through a shackle on the mainsail, back up to the top of the mast over a sheave then down to the exit on the bottom of the mast. That givens you 2:1 pulling power, and more importantly, it makes less pressure on the V-clam cleat and less likely to let loose while sailing. Check Vela or APS online for the line. It can be pretty darn thin. If there is too much pressure hoisting after doing that check the slot in the Mast verses the bolt rope- is there enough clearance? It should be easy if you do it this way.
 
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