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I'm not sure exactly what you mean. There are three possibilities that I can think of...
1. Noise is coming from halyards. Solution = keep halyards away from mast (ie attach them to bow). Do not tighten the halyards. Some slack will keep them from being taut and banging around inside the mast.
2. Wire conduit inside mast has come loose. Solution = take mast off of boat and repair conduit attachment. There will be pairs of rivets going up the mast. One of the rivets in each pair goes into the conduit, and the other one is really just a plug to cover the hole where the tool was used to hold the conduit while it was riveted. Be careful when you drill out the old rivets...drilling into the wires wouldn't be good unless you plan on replacing the wiring anyway. If there's a conduit without rivets, that would explain your problem. You should probably consult a rigger or boatyard in either case.
3. Wires are loose inside of mast without being in a conduit. Solution = Take mast off of boat and put wires into a conduit. Again, you should probably consult a rigger or boatyard.
Easiest solution to any of the above = get used to the noise (just kidding).
If the boat doesn't make the noise at dock, but does at anchor, think about what you are doing differently at each place.
Really, we need more information to provide you with a better answer.
Skipper, J/36 "Zero Tolerance"
PS Please let us know where you are anchoring so we'll know where it'll be impossible to get a good nights sleep.