A bigger issue is chafe of the running rigging. Just go through a yard in the winter when the wind is up and listen to the halyards slapping and rubbing. Some people (usually racers with hi-tech lines) will pull them out and leave light messengers to pull them back in the spring. I usually just attach them at the bow pulpit or some other point away from the mast to avoid slap and chafe.
This will still allow the lines to chafe at the mast exit slot...
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