So a halyard gone aloft. Everyone's had it happen at some stage.
SD do you ever sleep?? You post all day/ all night - or do you have staff who do the night shift?
Well Cheers SD, from one insomniac to another. I am located directly below you, where it rains uphill apparently. We have a sailing cat, (a furry one), not a multi hull thing.
Another option is to use a high bulkhead or dock to help retrieve the halyard. My friend used a low bridge that is just adjacent to our marina... it was almost the perfect height for me to get his halyard down off the masthead.If you can go up on spare halyards, that is one way. If you don't have 2 spare halyards (one for you and one for safety), then you might need the yard to crane you up. Hopefully the marina you are at has a crane truck that can take you up.
If the halyard has been pulled all the way to the sheave...no hook is generally going to work. Only opposable thumbs can generally deal with that.If you have only one spare halyard, you could risk going up without a safety line or perhaps try to use the spare halyard to hook onto the lost halyard. Rig a line on the spare halyard to be able to pull it back down, send the spare up with a hook of some sort and try to snag the lost halyard. It might work and it might not. Worth a try.
Bosans chair it was, was able to retrive my halyard and receive quite a view from the top of the mast. Thanks all. think I will buy my own bosans chair now.