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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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