Of course, you could make the wire section longer, but then you run the risk of damaging the mast exit slots for the rope. Slatting halyards are very annoying.
Furthermore (and this may be my own specific problem), wire to rope halyards get stopped at the sheaves once the rope hits them (because the rope won't fit through the sheave designed for wire).
This is an inconvenience when it comes to finding a spot to secure my halyard shackles after dousing a sail.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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