Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] fouling inside the main mast

Mike Ondra


We lowered a messenger down the mast no problem to the point where the halyard leaves the mast at the bottom. Pulled it out and secured it to the bottom part of the halyard and then pulled it back up the mast. The thought was that perhaps the falling halyard had draped itself over something (possible strut across the mast, and that by pulling the bottom back up the mast we would “un-drape” it. The fact that the messenger went down on the first attempt would seem to indicate that the line wasn’t “piled up” and blocking the messenger’s decent. If indeed there is a strut across the mast, it could be that the falling halyard is draped on one side, and the dropping messenger came down on the same side so that when raising the bottom end we actually wrapped the halyard around the strut rather than “undraping” it. Sorry if this sounds confusing, a diagram would help. If I knew what was inside the mast it might help in devising another solution.


Mike Ondra

ALETES SM#240, Rock Hall, MD

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Sent: Monday, May 16, 2016 7:38 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] fouling inside the main mast

This is very interesting, but:


How do you know what you will hook using a fishing hook inside the mast? What do you do if you hook the wrong thing? It is hooked!


How were you able to tie a messenger to the halyard inside the mast? I thought the halyard had dropped and fouled inside the mast.

Bill Rouse
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On May 16, 2016 7:18 AM, "Richard03801 [amelyachtowners]" <> wrote:

Hi if you have a good size fish hook fish it out using very heavy line or a very strong leader attached to a 1/4 line set the hook and boat the halyard. Good luck.

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On May 16, 2016, at 07:11, 'Mike Ondra' [amelyachtowners] <> wrote:

During a storm at night I furled the jib not having earlier in the day noticed that a crewmember had secured the ballooner halyard without retrieving the dehooker, leaving the halyard in place on the swivel. The furling motor is plenty strong and the halyard parted at the top and fell inside the mast. The line is now fouled inside the mast and cannot be pulled down and out. We have sent a messenger down inside the mast, tied it to the halyard and tried to pull the halyard line back up to reverse the direction of pull. Still fouled. Based upon the amount of halyard that is free both pulling up and pulling down, the foul point seems to be about at the lower spreader height.

Does anyone know what is inside the mast that could foul a falling line? Is there perhaps a compression strut athwartships inside the mast bracing the thrust of the spreaders that t he halyard may be hanging on? Any suggestions?


Mike Ondra

ALETES SM#240, Rock Hall, MD

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