4 tips to reduce spinnaker halyard chafing

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4 tips to reduce spinnaker halyard chafing

Spinnaker halyard chafing is a common occurrence that needs to be managed by the boat’s owner and crew.

1- Trim the spinnaker properly; especially the halyard:

A halyard that is not fully hoisted creates exponentially more chafing than a fully raised halyard. tip: mark the halyard both at the mast and at the clutch so that your crew will notice if the halyard is not fully hoisted.

Sparcraft fairlead

Sparcraft Halyard Fair-lead / Spectacle (Large)

2- Create a ‘fairer’ fair-lead:

Most boats & masts are designed with basic cruising equipment.  If you intend to push the boat hard you may want to upgrade the gear.  Note that more is not always better.  As an example, a fixed “spectacle” as a spinnaker fair-lead has no moving parts while a swivel block has both the sheave and the swivel to break and/or catch sails & snuffers.


3- Upgrade the halyard:

If your halyard is not up to the loads that you intend to produce an upgrade may be in order.  Some halyard materials are more chafe resistant than others. West Marine Guide to Running Rigging

4- Add chafing protection to your halyard;

If your halyard is strong enough for the job but is not chafe resistant enough, the addition of chafing protection is an alternative to a new halyard and can extend the life of the line. New England Rope’s Dyneema Chafe Sleeve 

tip- you may also want to add the same protection to the halyard at the clutch end if you expect high loads.

HARKEN 75mm Flip Flop Block

HARKEN 75mm Block














Example Boat: Beneteau Oceanis 35

Sparcraft mast

Optional Asymmetrical Spinnaker rigging package includes:

Copy of Beneteau Oceanis 35 Spinnaker Halyard Fairlead - Spectacle

Sparcraft SS Halyard Fair-lead / Spectacle with 10mm Halyard aboard 2015 Beneteau Oceanis 35

Halyard: 33m x 10mm Lancelin 10mm Double Braided Polyester

Clutch: (mounted at cockpit) Spinlock XTS; line size 8mm-14mm (5/16-9/6)

Fair-lead/Spectacle: Sparcraft Middle Size Lead (designed to accept up to 16mm line)


Upgrades to consider include:

1- Replacing the fairlead with a swivel block.

2- Upgrade halyard diameter and/or material

3- Add chafe protection to the halyard

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