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There's a small plane in my mast -- vrooooomm

OK, there really isn't a small plane in my mast, but it sounds like there's a Cessna in there about to take off. In certain wind directions the humming is very loud. I tried pressing against the mast, then grabbing the stays. Nothing worked. It only occurs in strong winds that come across the bow at an angle. (At anchor it is usually quiet.)

Any ideas what causes this and how to fix it?
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I took the radar reflector down at the end of our sail. Maybe I didn't tie off off the flag halyard tight enough.

Try puttting a winch on the halyards and see if you can change the sound?
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Do you have in mast furling???
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Simple fix is bless your neighbors with your sound system...just crank it up!!!!

Better fix is start with winching all the lines down tight.If that doesnt work get used to climbing the stick with DUCT TAPE...will fix any thing me thinks.
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My bennie does the same thing. It is the top lift. When you hear the hummm place your hand on the top lift and see if that does not stop it. To stop permanently ease off a bit on the top lift.
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Our Hunter does they same, cept it's the outhaul on the in mast main, I warp it with a velcro gasket to stop it
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She does not have in-mast furling.

I didn't mention before, but the small plane sound is really loud. I will try the topping lift. The main Halyard is tight and doesn't seem to be vibrating.

Sorry Smack, all in fun you know. It really does sound like a small plane.

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My bennie does the same thing. It is the top lift. When you hear the hummm place your hand on the top lift and see if that does not stop it. To stop permanently ease off a bit on the top lift.
Bubb,

Did you make a bracket for your boom, or do you just let the boom rest in the cockpit? Or maybe you are only letting it out an inch.

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whats mounted at the top if the mast? antenna, wind instruments? do they work?
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