halyard

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a rope for raising or lowering a sail or flag

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Captain Dettmar, springing aft, lifted the coiled mainsail halyards from their pins and threw them, ready to run, on the deck.
Then it was, the danger past, and as the Kanakas began to coil the halyards back on the pins, that Boyd Duncan went below.
Had there been a steady breeze it would not have been so bad, but the Ghost was rolling emptily in a long sea, and with each roll the canvas flapped and boomed and the halyards slacked and jerked taut.
In the meantime Harrison had started out on the halyards.
The halyards slackened, and, though it all happened very quickly, I could see them sag beneath the weight of his body.
He cleared the sheet, and was free to return, slightly downhill now, along the halyards to the mast.
The Japanese coiled the halyards and went below for their own dinner.
I ordered all the halyards laid down on deck clear for running.
Unfortunately, the halyards will probably not be tight when deployed and clipped to the stowed position pad eye, but often the lanyard can be wrapped around the top leg up high and then clipped to itself to keep it tight.
During a hoist, Clark's responsibilities include pulling the halyards up through the jammers (while the mast person bounces to take the weight off) until they hit the top of the mast or forestay, and making sure the halyards are at the correct tension.
They make sure the halyards aren't twisted, and they hold the flags out and free on the side opposite any breeze, so the flags don't get blown back and tangled into the halyards.