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October 26, 2001

Cut the Clutter

Clutter is everywhere, but it doesn't have to be on your outrigger halyard. Most outrigger clips come with stainless-steel loops or rings at each end for attaching to your outrigger halyard. This requires that your halyard have a set of snaps to attach to these rings. To prevent twists, most people choose snaps with swivels attached. These snap swivels must be crimped onto the halyard monofilament with an aluminum sleeve.

Clutter is everywhere, but it doesn't have to be on your outrigger halyard. Most outrigger clips come with stainless-steel loops or rings at each end for attaching to your outrigger halyard. This requires that your halyard have a set of snaps to attach to these rings. To prevent twists, most people choose snaps with swivels attached. These snap swivels must be crimped onto the halyard monofilament with an aluminum sleeve. And to prevent this setup from hanging up at the end of your outrigger when you push it all the way to the top, you need to add a cork ball to act as a stopper.
Although this is a very functional setup, it is way more clutter than necessary to simply hold a release clip in place. I've found that a common Blacks release clip, a tiny stainless-steel washer and one aluminum sleeve are all you need to install a functional outrigger release clip.
First, thread your outrigger with a fresh piece of monofilament. Pass one tag end of the mono through the top of the clip, and the other tag end through the bottom. Connect these with an aluminum sleeve and compression tool. Either cut the ends flush with the sleeve or hold them flush while crimping the connection. I find that a tiny washer threaded on the mono on the top of the sleeve allows the clip to spin freely. This freedom of movement allows you to get away without the two ball-bearing snap swivels.
Now, no extra weight swings on the halyard, loose line won't hang up on extra snags, and nothing will catch and bind at the tip-top of the outrigger.
Scott Kerrigan
Wilton Manors, Florida