Old as Dirt!
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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Sailing Dog is correct. That's definately the sign of a halyard wrap and likely the furling line having been led to a winch. Ouch!!
The forestay needs be replaced and a halyard guide needs be added to the front of the mast so that there is a least a 10 Degree angle between the alignment of the halyard and the centerline of the forestay when your pal's largest headsail is at full hoist. With shorter luffed sails he can use a luff pendent at the head of the sail to get the top furling drum to full hoist.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."