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Re: To store halyards or leave on mast?
A half way measure might be to attach messengers to the halyards, 'sky' them up to the masthead/top sheaves, and put the tails into bags for the winter. Some do that here... even though the boats stay afloat in many cases the usage drops dramatically.
This is most effective with internal halyards, of course, but could be done mast down or still standing (with mast down you won't need the haulback lines)
A lot of racers used to do that just to protect the rope from uv damage particularly with tapered halyards where the core is exposed. That way you don't have the hassles of 're running the Halyard in spring. If you want to protect the rope that isn't inside the mast you can just coil it up at the base of the mast and bag it.
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Last edited by SchockT; 10-05-2013 at 09:14 PM.