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Optimal halyard length?

One of my (many) off-season projects will be replacing the main and jib halyards. Presently they both are tied off at the mast. I doubt that I can afford new winches and rigging this year so I won't be leading them back to the cockpit. One problem that I'm having is with the main raised, the wire portion comes all the way down to the winch, and if I really tighten it, the wire ends up around the winch. As a result I don't think I'm using the sail effectively. Question #1: What is the formula for determining halyard length? Question #2: How do I specify that I need the wire portion shortened and how do I measure this correctly?
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