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It seems to me that there is a friendly feud going on between sailboats and powerboats. One of the biggest complaints powerboat owners have is the "wind-chime" effect of banging halyards. But, they (power-boaters) don't think twice when they speed through a marina and "test" every-one's dock lines. (This is obviously another annoyance...)
One marina I heard about charged a $5,000 fine if your boat made excessive noise due to halyards. That marina was completely silent, even on the windiest of days.
Not long after I bought my boat, I learned to get all the lines away from the mast and leave them slightly loose. My reason for doing so had nothing to do with the noise. Halyards, particularly if they are cable to line spliced, will destroy the finish on a mast and start the corrosion process. I know this because I'm almost complete with a mast refurbishment and P/O had lines attached to spinnaker ring (three jib halyards, one spinnaker halyard, and one topping lift...50-feet worth of wind-chime!). There are several boats near mine that show mast wear due to halyards...yep, right through the anodizing.
I'm not advocating boarding another boat at any time. However, if you are the type that would; one way to look at it is you're saving a boat from further damage.
I think the best thing to do is a little direction (in a friendly concerned way); not to eliminate the noise, but to save the owners of the noisy boats from having to replace their halyards and having their masts refinished.
Now, if I could figure out an angle on stopping the wakes from the power-boaters, I'd be set!