Hi, I’m new to the Wayfarer, and would appreciate some help. I tried to raise the Genoa, but the halyard got stuck in the mast before the sail was fully raised. All that was coming out of the mast was rope, no wire, and it looked to me that it was getting stuck where the rope is spliced with the wire. Also the Halyard rope is nearly twice as thick as any of the other halyards, is this correct.
It sounds like you have hit on the problem. The rope halyard should only be about 5 mm. After a while the eye splice gets frayed and thickens up making it too big to exit the mast. The pulleys where the halyard comes out may also be stuck. Time for a new halyard or re-splice once you force it out.