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Re: Halyards getting caught up on staysail fitting
Your halyards should never be loose enough to wrap around anything when the sail is up. If you are pulling the sail up, just step away from the mast a step or two to keep the halyard clear until it is time to put it on the winch to crank the halyard (jib or main) tight the last foot or so. Then it should not ever be loose enough to wrap around anything either.
As others have mentioned, you should disconnect all your halyards from your sails when not sailing and keep them tight. Slack halyards at anytime are just not good seamanship.
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