Freedom 35 flag halyard

Freedom 35 flag halyard

Postby rmraz » Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:32 am

We purchased Freestyle last year (1996 Freedom 35 P) and are in the process of repainting the mast and boom. There are two sheaves at the masthead, one fore and one aft, that are labeled flag halyard but no other indication of where the line would go from there. I would like to have the ability to fly a burgee or the q flag when we visit Canada. It am unsure how to rig this line. Where does it get tied off? Does the halyard run next to the mast? If so does it slap? This is our first boat with a freestanding mast so I am new to being without spreaders. We love the boat so far and are just finishing up the bottom project, soda blasting, barrier coating, new bottom paint will be launching in a couple of weeks.
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Re: Freedom 35 flag halyard

Postby BillSmith » Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:05 pm

Randy,

I have not been up to masthead. Take my observation with a grain of sea salt.

Bought the boat used. Inherited an ensign raising 'halyard' of thin cordage that is secured at the toe rail. Strangely, it appears to be attached at the fore and aft protrusions of the masthead, though has to be on a block as it is able to raise and lower flags secured on two clips.

With it secured at the toe rail, no slap. Do have some rigger's tape at the slot of the rail that eliminates any rattling of the shackle. And while less secure, a balancing hand hold.

When we had our boat out for bottom work, upon suggestion, coated the keel in epoxy. There were visible pockets in the lead. Half moon depressions as though done by a melon ball device. After going back into the water, our zincs no longer needed to be replaced every three months. Assume the lead keel was like a magnet for stray electrons.

My wife, the experienced sailor, continues to comment on the lack of spreaders and stays. Wants the hand holds. The benefits of no standing rigging are many. Primary? Less points of rest for birds! We have always used our main halyard as a topping lift when in slip. Recently, a pair of birds decided they could perch at that angle, thus dropping the digested remains of their day's consumption on our mainsail cover. Halyard is now attached opposite ensign at the toe rail. Anywhere near mast produces the usual slapping. Could also wrap and secure on stainless hand rail running along the cabin top.

There's better sources here on this forum than I. Just wanted to chime in and welcome you as a fellow Pedrick owner.
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Re: Freedom 35 flag halyard

Postby rmraz » Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:34 pm

Thanks Bill, that clears things up, it would just run to a shackle on the toe rail. We coated the keel in epoxy too after fairing it.
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Re: Freedom 35 flag halyard

Postby RadioZephyr » Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:02 pm

That flag halyard line is also for running an emergency halyard. You use it as a messenger for a heavier line, and use that to hoist a block with the new main halyard run through it.
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Re: Freedom 35 flag halyard

Postby rmraz » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:42 am

Useful information, thanks.
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Re: Freedom 35 flag halyard

Postby Salacia » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:11 am

I took a piece of stainless tubing like used on a bow pulpit and mounted it to my masthead. One bolt thru the tube into a flat piece forward of the wind vane. Two u-bolts on either side to keep it from spinning. A small block on either end. I run a club flag or courtesy flag up one side and carry a radar reflector on the other. You can just make it out in the attached picture. (Sorry about the finger!)
I first tried flat stock of aluminum. Downward pressure of the halyards and snow bent it. Same thing happened with an L shaped piece. Round tubing is stronger and doesn't hold the snow.
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