Bought an '83 16' Hobie. Looks like I'll need both main and jib halyards. First of all, I am not sure if I have a comp tip mast or not, how can I tell? I imagine it's simple but just not sure.
Next, you can buy 1/4" double braided dacron 2000lb test, about $35 for 100' on ebay. Would that be an acceptable line to use for both halyards? I have the lengths required for each written down.
Sometimes I see a metal wire used for portion of the halyard, is that required, or just an add on? Just looking to keep things simple.
Next, some specialized halyards have a sewn in loop to connect to the shackle. Is it acceptable to just tie a bowline knot around the shackle on one end or is that a bad ide?
LAST question, for this thread at least. There is usually a bead on the main halyard to lock into the hook on the mast. How would one install this on a 1/4" halyard and if I was to just cleat the tension off on the mast, would this be a bad thing, assuming no bead and hook combo?
Thanks for all your help