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07-09-2010 12:06 PM
donlofland I haven't had internal halyard slap after tensioning them against whatever is holding them externally, (jib halyard to bow pulpit, extra halyards around hooks on spredders)-could it be your internal wiring that's slapping?
07-08-2010 03:54 PM
QuickMick i just didnt like the notion of putting oddball lateral strain on shroud and didnt like the notion of the bungee hooks chaffing line over time... thought about it and have done it in a pinch
07-08-2010 03:44 PM
Faster Halyards under tension don't seem to slap internally too badly - as a rule. I think a lot of the internal slap comes from unsecured wires - the VHF coax or aftermarket wind instruments' cable perhaps the most likely culprits.

Some have run pipe insulation foam over the wires, others have attached un-clipped zap straps (wire ties along the wire - the long ends hold the cable itself away from the mast walls. But both of these could interfere with the space needed for the internal halyard runs.... and both techniques would work best with the mast down - but then you could probably work out a more secure and permanent (and seamanlike) way to do it.
07-08-2010 03:36 PM
genieskip I have the exterior parts of the halyards covered, but what about when they slap inside the mast? Any good ideas on that?
07-08-2010 03:28 PM
F4d3d
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Neat idea... my only concern would be catching those hooks when you didn't want to...
I wondered the same thing, but thought it was worth sharing.
07-08-2010 03:02 PM
ottos Have you tried running a bungee from the halyard to a shroud (or anything handy) to pull the halyard off the mast?
07-08-2010 02:59 PM
Faster
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I heard of someone who fastened a little U-shaped hook a few inches in on the back side of his spreaders. When he dropped his sail, he just gave the halyard a little flick to secure it inside the u-hook, and then put a few turns on the winch for some tension. Supposedly, the halyard never again smacked the mast.
Neat idea... my only concern would be catching those hooks when you didn't want to.....

bungee cords can also be used to pull external lines away from the mast, but I agree with Bill that sailties are best.

Internal halyards should be clipped anywhere off the mast when moored or the boat's left at the dock. Not everyone enjoys the "windchime" effect at the marina - but what gets be is how some people can sleep inside their own boat with halyards slapping...
07-08-2010 02:46 PM
F4d3d I heard of someone who fastened a little U-shaped hook a few inches in on the back side of his spreaders. When he dropped his sail, he just gave the halyard a little flick to secure it inside the u-hook, and then put a few turns on the winch for some tension. Supposedly, the halyard never again smacked the mast.
07-08-2010 02:40 PM
btrayfors
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.....If the halyards run external, use a short piece of line to tie them to the shouds, away from the mast.
Yes. This is a common problem, especially in tradewind areas. Best solution I've found is to do as sailingfool says, but use nylon/Dacron sail ties instead of line. Tie them tight with bow ties (like your shoes). Won't slip. Easy to release when needed.

Bill
07-08-2010 02:33 PM
sailingfool Clip the jib and spinnaker halyard shackles to the bow pulpit and the main to the rail or to the end of the boom. If the halyards run external, use a short piece of line to tie them to the shouds, away from the mast.
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