Tom Korz wrote:
New H16's come with a dyneema jib halyard (LIROS-Magic D-Pro 5mm) The manufacturer of this line recommends a cover for use with a cleat.
Is it Class legal to put a cover over this line where it meets the adjustable jib halyard cleat.
AND...if not Class legal, why is this nice high tech line original equipment on a new boat if it will not hold in the cleat???
Jus wanna know.....
The IHCA General Class Rules state:
16.2 Sheets and lines:
a) Any diameter and quality of sheets and lines
may be used unless prescribed otherwise in
these rules or in the individual boat class rules.
b) Any sheet or lines made in whole or part of
wire are prohibited, except as supplied by the
HOBIE CAT CO. Sheets and lines, with the exception
of the spinnaker halyard systems, are
not permitted to be tapered unless allowed in
the individual boat Class Rules.
There is nothing in the 16 Class Rules that changes this.
Since a "tapered" halyard is one in which a cover has been removed to reduce windage / friction, this is merely the reverse - a cover is being added to improve friction. Therefore, I would consider adding a cover on the jib halyard in the cleat area not class legal.
However, I am not the authority on this - the IHCA Rules Committee is. Send the question to Erik Olsen and see what the commitee says.
I have the yellow line as well and other than having the yellow dye get all over the jib leech, I'm satisfied with it. It has fuzzed up a bit, however - I never trust the cam cleat to hold it while sailing. It gets wrapped around the horn, figure-8'ed, then three locking loops on the horns. It doesn't slip.