Originally Posted by F4d3d
I heard of someone who fastened a little U-shaped hook a few inches in on the back side of his spreaders. When he dropped his sail, he just gave the halyard a little flick to secure it inside the u-hook, and then put a few turns on the winch for some tension. Supposedly, the halyard never again smacked the mast.
Neat idea... my only concern would be catching those hooks when you didn't want to.....
bungee cords can also be used to pull external lines away from the mast, but I agree with Bill that sailties are best.
Internal halyards should be clipped anywhere off the mast when moored or the boat's left at the dock. Not everyone enjoys the "windchime" effect at the marina - but what gets be is how some people can sleep inside their own boat with halyards slapping...