Yesterday we arrived to Almerimar after one month in Sweden.
Bella was covered with brown dust and needed a proper wash. Next morning we motored over to the Almerimar Marine Service as soon as the washing was done.
Bella ready for new running rigging
Chris at Almerimar Marine Service was waiting and had all the new halyards in a box. At 11.00 they started to change the halyards. I had decided for the same setup as earlier, wire + rope.
Rigger goes up and sort out the halyards.
Chris likes pushing buttons.
Going for Dynema would have saved weight and do not stretch more than wire. But as we have in-mast furling and furling head stay we decided to stay with wire. For some reason I think the wire is stronger when it comes to shafe and UV. In best case we take down the sails once/year.
The old halyards are 13 years old and would probably last another 2-3 years. Not a bad track record.
Do not change something that is working is always a good idea.
Another problem changing from wire to Dynema is that pulleys at the masthead probably have to be changed to prevent shafe on the Dynema.
Tomorrow there are some fine tuning before we can put the sails on.
If you have a hydraulic cylinder on your backstay, it might be a good idea to protect the seal on top of the cylinder from sun exposure. Vickie told me once it was not uncommon that the lip seal on the cylinder had to be replaced due to UV damages.
I made a simple UV-sunshield for our cylinder, using a screw cap from a Coca-Cola bottle. There has to be 1-2 mm play between the screw cap and the cylinder shaft. If not, it will not stay down and protect the seal.
I did cut the cork on one side just to make it possible to slide it on to the shaft. It is easy, and cost nothing!
Navtec cylinder with screw cork on top
If you have hydraulic hoses to the furlers of the main sail or the genoa, it is a also a good idea to protect the hoses for UV-radiation.
This weekend we changed the standing rigging on Bella Luna. The old wires and fittings did not show any signs of damages after 9 seasons of sailing in the Baltic and North Sea.
But as we are leaving Sweden this spring, we thought it was easier to deal with this before we leave. The recommendations for changing rigging are in the interval 10-15 years. But off course sailed distance and climate is also important factors.
Check your rigging every year. The first sign is a broken strand close to the terminal.