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Hi, attached pic shows the top of my mast, Chrysler Pirateer 13. I have no real idea what this little guide is, for the main halyard but, can't see what a guide would be needed for up there? The halyard can't come off the pulleys in any way. Any ideas?
 

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That is a halyard lock. Your halyard should have a knot or fixed ball that stops there under high tension. It takes the load off of the halyard and eliminates mast compression, but requires access to the top of the halyard to raise the sail which is why they are typically only used on dinghies.

If you aren't racing you could ignore it and cleat your halyard off at the base of the mast.
 

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Hmm, thanks for the info. So the knot would have to go over the pulleys and the knot then would jump past the stop I guess. Hardly worth the hassle I guess to then try to get the sail down while the mast is still stepped.
 

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