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The wire that hits the mast in storge?

Ok newbie.

What is the name of the wire that clanks on the mast when the boat is has no sails up and is resting on the land?
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Re: The wire that hits the mast in storge?

Halyard. Often they are soft line and not metal wire, but could be either. They even splice from one to the other in some cases. Metal wears the sheave (pulley) at the top of the mast faster and, of course, can make more noise and possibly do more damage slapping the mast.

They should be secured away from the mast when stored.
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Re: The wire that hits the mast in storge?

Ah, thank you. So the owners are rather lazy not to take down the Halyard.
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Re: The wire that hits the mast in storge?

Halyards are not taken down but rather secured away from the mast, either by bungee or by fastening the shackle to a life line or other area. But in essence, yes, they are either lazy, inconsiderate, or ignorant.

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Re: The wire that hits the mast in storge?

Many people must be the same as the noise is all one hears when visiting Blakeney (Norfolk UK)
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Re: The wire that hits the mast in storge?

When I was a kid, we had 2 sailboats in our "powerboat marina". The halyards would clang and clang all night as we slept. It eventually sounded like church bells, and you learn to ignore it.
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Re: The wire that hits the mast in storge?

The reason lines slap is the wind.. not because people don't secure them. The wind can make the lines slap because it has a way of finding the speed it needs to create an oscillation.
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