Changing Flag Halyards
|We won't be needing to raise this yellow quarantine flag until we |
reach Bahamian territorial water sometime in late-November.
|This close up view shows how the white plastic pulley is badly worn, |
allowing the flag halyard to hang up in the space
beside the plastic pulley in the small block.
Replacement was long overdue.
|We used small Harken-brand shackle blocks as shown |
above on the new flag halyards.
|This is a close up view of the new snap hooks used to connect the flags. |
They are constructed from stainless steel and made by Winchard.
|Christine weighs about 100 pounds--about the same weight as our new |
rigid hull inflatable dinghy. It was easy lifting her up the mast
using the spare jib halyard with our new-to-me
Barient #19 self-tailing winch.
|It took a few tries to get the correct drill size for the self-tapping |
screws but eventually we got it right.
|With the new flag halyards installed, we frequently fly our colorful |
Maryland state flag from the starboard flag halyard.