Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] lifting with mizzen boom, climbing mizzen, and halyard lengths
Danny,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I will second your concerns about using external halyards, I avoid them as well and this started even before the incident described to follow: I once had the swivel of a spinnaker halyard part offshore which didn’t surprise me that much. What did surprise me was that I replaced the broken block with an identical block that had been stored for some number of years in a drawer on the boat. The block was still in it’s original packaging so unused, vintage unknown as this was a delivery job so not my boat. The replacement block broke in exactly the same place when I tied off the spinnaker halyard with just a bit of tension added by hand. The break was rusty and it looked like crevice corrosion of the stainless. Thanks for bringing this danger to the attention of other Amelians.