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Mast Steps and Halyards

Does anyone have a method to prevent halyards from getting caught in an enclosed fixed mast step? When raising or lowering my main, the main halyard gets caught on one or more steps, then I need to grab the halyard and try to swing it loose.
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When I had steps, I figured out that's what the steps are for!

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A light line from top to bottom, attached at the outermost part of each step.
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What Brian said. The PO of my boat did a really poor job of drilling holes on the outermost section of my mast steps. I ran steel wire through there three years ago and now I catch my halyards MOST of the time not ALL the time.
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A light line from top to bottom, attached at the outermost part of each step.
How would you attach without drilling the step? I was thinking using a heavy wire tie. I think I only need to do the top 1/3 of the steps. The PO used shock cord run from the step to the shroud stay cable and then back to the next step down. I was wondering what else might work.
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Tie on to the top step and hitch to each step below. Tie off to the lowest step.
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