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To store halyards or leave on mast?

We remove all running rigging each winter, doubling the lifespan. We wash, dry, coil, and store them in the attic until spring.

I duct tape the tracer line to the good line using a 6-8" long 3/4" strip of quality duct tape. I wrap the tape starting on the good line and spiraling down into the tracer then back up onto the good line so that there is about 3-4" of wrap on each. Then I roll the joint between both palms. Do not force a line that won't freely pass a sheave, work it back and girth until it passes. I've only lost 2 lines in the mast in 25 years and it was totally due to my cutting corners (don't use masking tape!!). Repeat in spring. I can do the whole boat in an hour or so.
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