A few weeks ago I lost
up the mast
. We were getting set to climb the stick when it occurred to attempt to get a magnet to stick to the halyard
shackle. We made an infinite loop out of a second halyard, taped a strong magnet to the loop and managed to maneuver it close enough to the lost
halyard that the magnet was able to catch the shackle. It worked!
I was pretty lucky that the halyard shackle I was retrieving was of a poor enough quality steel
to be magnetic, but it got me thinking, why not put a little iron on each halyard so that I could do this reliably in the future?
In order for this to work I guess you need all external halyards that you can physically get close enough to each other to perform a rescue
. Seems like a fairly simple retrieval method, not sure why I haven't heard of it before?