Originally Posted by sailingfool
.....If the halyards run external, use a short piece of line to tie them to the shouds, away from the mast.
Yes. This is a common problem, especially in tradewind areas. Best solution I've found is to do as sailingfool says, but use nylon/Dacron sail ties instead of line. Tie them tight with bow ties (like your shoes). Won't slip. Easy to release when needed.