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Banging halyards

is there a way to stop the halyards from banging against the mast when the wind blows while the boat is at the slip. the guy in the slip next to me was asking if i could do something about it. i can't say i blame him, they were only banging for 15-20 minutes and i was getting annoyed myself. they are all rope.
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Tie the halyards off to someplace other than the mast. Either lead them forward and tie them off near the bow, or to the side near the shrouds.

There was a thread on this about a week ago.
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I tie mine off to the lifelines and to the guard over the forward dorade box.
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BTW, one of the best things I've seen was a piece on the shrouds that was designed to "catch halyards", so that you could leave them attached at the bottom of the mast, but they wouldn't bang the mast, since they were being held away from the mast by the spreader.
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As noted above, the shackle end of halyards should be attached to the bow rail or toerail.

For the working end, tie a spare piece of line to the halyard(s) using a bowline, then attach the other end of the line to a shroud with a rolling hitch, using enough strain to pull the halyard(s) away from the mast.

See Grog's Boating Knots Index for any knot help.
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I often use bungee cords pulling the halyards away from the mast and toward the shrouds.

It seems to work reasonably.

In higher winds, even then they will rattle, and rattle.
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Another thing that works for me is exact opposite - wrap a halyard around the mast and tie it off that way (in my case I clip it in front of the mast to the whisker pole loop). If it is relatively taut and wraps at least half a turn (or full turn if you can) - it seems to stay put.
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We have hooks welded/integrated into our spreaders. We bring the halyard down through the hook and then clip on at the mast base. We get ZERO slap or banging and don't have to use bungees or any other method. I think they are one of the coolest gizmos on the boat!

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I foul my lines around the shrouds
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Another thing that works for me is exact opposite - wrap a halyard around the mast and tie it off that way (in my case I clip it in front of the mast to the whisker pole loop). If it is relatively taut and wraps at least half a turn (or full turn if you can) - it seems to stay put.
I do it that way too most of the time, and sometimes wrap it around twice.
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