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Disconnecting Forestay for haulout

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#11 Frank


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Posted 27 June 2019 - 03:48 PM

The travel lift crew at HMB are great. They can probably help guide you in reverse.
Perhaps have a chat to the hardstand guys if you haven't already.

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Posted 30 June 2019 - 02:44 AM

The removal of the forestay is very common for access to travel lifts.

Particularly in the case of cruising vessels with high stuff on the stern such as wind generators or Radar. It usually works out easier to remove the forestay than undo all the stuff on the blunt end.

For a boat that has been sailing for two years or so, it is not a bad idea anyway...take the opportunity to get the sail off the foil..lay it out on the grass and have a good look. You may find that it is actually stuck up there, which is great fun if it shreds at sea and you need to get it down in a hurry.

Taking the furler off at the bow is no big deal.

Use the now down Halyard as a temporary stay. Its great if you have a baby stay (inner forestay) as well.

Leave it there until you are in the travel lift slings and being lifted. Once you get close to the cross beam , you can double up with the spinaker halyard to a point further aft and temporarily remove the furler halyard. (Then put it back after you are in your cradle.

On vessel where the inner forestay fouls as well, you throw the forestay halyard over the cross beam, and tighten before undoing the inner forestay..reversing the procedure later when you go into the cradle..  (This happens particularly on smaller travel lifts)


To get ready...

Mark the backstay(s) with pen or wrap tape around (just above the lock nut because you only have to undo this a smidge to release the screw) ...then back them off a decent amount.

Then undo the forestay (doing the same).. You will need to lift it over the pushpit and run it down the side of the boat, and then pad it and tie it to a staunchion. This greatly reduces the chance of kinking the foil . Just be careful when coming in to the travel lift that you dont catch it on the chain or straps. 

....and while it is off with no load..check the feel of the bearings for any "gritty" feel or stickiness. Now is the time to replace them if they need it...not after they lock up and you make the mistake of putting the furling line on a winch to try and get the sail in   :-)

Dont forget to look at the top bearings and where the halyard constantly sits in the sheave at the mast top.

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