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06-18-2010 10:09 PM
Originally Posted by SVCarolena View Post
Yes, no clanking, but what about protecting that beautiful varnished finish from chafe?
Actually, I've never had that issue with the sticks properly varnished.
06-18-2010 09:31 AM
RichH I take the main halyard, still connected to the head of the sail, and tie it to the boom / folded sail with a sail tie.

When in port the sail tie with the halyard goes over the sail cover. Less hassle than tying to a shroud and you have to untie the sail ties anyway -- 2 birds with one stone (sail tie).
06-18-2010 06:59 AM
Originally Posted by CharlieCobra View Post
Ah, the benefits of a wood mast...
Yes, no clanking, but what about protecting that beautiful varnished finish from chafe?
06-17-2010 08:21 PM
CharlieCobra Ah, the benefits of a wood mast...
06-17-2010 07:02 PM
Faster Seems to me it would take just as long to untie/disconnect/ clear... however you choose to 'quiet' the halyard as it would take to properly attach a halyard stowed to a rail or boom-end to keep things quiet... (but keep in mind my wife is a halyard nazi - thou shalt not clang!)
06-17-2010 05:57 PM
donlofland Or howsabout slacking the main halyard so you can take a wrap around it with your forward main sail tie? That keeps the halyard aft of the mast-but wouldn't work if you wanted to use the mainsail cover.
06-17-2010 07:41 AM
remetau We detach our halyard and wrap it around the shrouds and attach both ends back to our mast pulpit.
06-17-2010 07:20 AM
SVCarolena If we are headding out or only going to be on anchor for a relatively short time, we leave the mainsail halyard attached. Here is what we do: with the sail down, put some slack in the main halyard where it attaches to the headboard; then loop the line from the headboard down around the bottom of the winch; take the free end of the halyard (the one that goes on the winch when raising the sail) and attach it loosely to the cleat below the halyard winch; finally, take a short line of shock cord (bungie) with a loop tied in one end and a hook on the other, and wrap it around the halyard and shrouds. By doing it this way, it puts some downward pull on the mainsail which prevents it from wanting to rise when the wind blows or the boat hits a wake, and it pulls the line far enough away from the mast that it won't slap except for when the wind really picks up. Once we are stowing the sail for the day, we tie one end of the halyard to the end of the boom and the other to the pulpit.
06-17-2010 03:09 AM
davidpm I'm not saying this is a good idea but a captain I know did this all the time and it worked fine.

Loosen the main halyard so you have a few feet slack.
Flip the halyard so instead of going from the head of the sail straight up to the shive at the top of the mast it goes around the forward side of the spreader.
Bring the halyard from the head of the sail around something on the mast like the winch if you have one.
Lightly tighten the halyard.
It only takes a second to clear (usually) and the halyard will not clang.
The disadvantage is that it is easy to forget that the halyard is purposely fouled.
06-16-2010 08:39 PM
Quiet is good!

While at anchor or on a mooring I always secure the halyards so they won't clang. I connect them to a clamp on the deck. I've seen some nearby that use the bungies and they seem to work fine. Its considerate to keep it quiet for the I like quiet
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