Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] fouling inside the main mast
Mike,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
It does sound like the broken haylard has taken a wrap around something inside the mast. I am guessing that you have applied a bit of force and found that it is not moving, so a straight line pull is possibly tightening the jam. If there is room to do so, consider feeding a semi rigid (use something slippery like polyethylene if possible) pc. of tubing inside the mast. Ideally you would run the tail of the halyard through the tubing so that it would follow right up to the jammed spot and make the line/tubing combo semi rigid. This would allow you to alternately push and pull on the line..maybe enough to free it. If there is not room to run the line inside of the tubing perhaps use a different entry hole in the mast and a loop attached to the tubing that the halyard ran through. The loop would act as a guide to bring the tubing again up to the jammed spot. I would make sure that whatever you put in there is good and secure so that it cannot come loose.
If this fails, consider removing any hardware in the jammed area that would allow you to insert a boroscope and get a look at what the problem is.
I agree, the fish hook idea sounds a little risky to me.
Best of luck!