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    Posted: 20 Nov 18 at 1:38pm
I have just purchased a second hand RS200.  First sail last weekend which was great fun.  One question though... (well perhaps the first question).  The mainsail halyard pulls down onto a simple cleat - but this keeps slipping, particularly when you pull down on the kicker.  I tied the halyard off around the mast this weekend so we could sail, but it wasn't an ideal solution as it still slipped and let the sail down a bit.  Any tips how to resolve this issue?  
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Worn cleat perhaps? Its a clam cleat isn't it? Look closely to see if the teeth are worn away in a groove. If so replace.

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 move the knot in the halyard if you have any spare, rope where it locks in the cleat may be worn.
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Is it slipping in the cleat, or is the halyard stretching?

Hoist the sail and cleat, mark rope with some tape at the cleat, then pull on downhaul and kicker as hard as possible. It should then be obvious if the cleat is slipping or the halyard is stretching. 

If it's the cleat that's slipping, you can try moving the knot at the top, but really putting on a new cleat with sharp teeth is the answer. Then make sure when you hoist you don't hoist through the cleat and wear it down (lift the halyard out the cleat to the side during hoist).

If the cleats holding, then it's your halyard slipping. Get a high spec 5mm dynema which has been heat treated (rooster / marlow sell some of the stuff). It's the lowest stretch I've ever seen and holds in cleats very well (for dynema!). It's expensive, but get an excess of about 1 m and shuffle it along periodically and it will last a long time. 

Lastly, always stretch out the halyard after hoisting each sail by pulling on kicker and downhaul, releasing, and then snugging up the halyard again.


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It's the cleat that is slipping. The easiest thing will probably be to replace the cleat... but I am not a fan of them in general so wondered if there were any other ways to retro fit something that would hold the line better?  Thanks.
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Just swap out for a new cleat. With the right diameter halyard they will have no slippage. 

I never seen anyone use a different type of cleat there, and I'm sure it would be in class rules anyway. 

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Thanks Mozzy.  I'll get one ordered.  
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Whilst we're on the subject... does anyone have a link to a rigging diagram for the RS200?  It would be helpful to know that I am running the lines in the right directions.  
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There's some pictures on the rs website, but they may be the new deck now.

Or ask here, or the class Facebook group.

Or try this video for simple stuff...


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The Spinlock PRX CamCleat is very good, doesn't wear the halyard and doesn't slip. The RS200 class rules say this :-

"1.2 The following parts or equipment may be replaced providing that the replacement performs a similar function. The replacement parts or equipment may be obtained from any supplier: -

1.2.5  Main Halyard and halyard securing device, maximum velocity ratio 1:1" 

So it sounds like it would be legal.
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