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Old 03-09-2013
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Re: Reaching struts

In all my years of racing I have never set foot on a boat that uses a reaching strut. With dedicated sheets and guys, the guys are always run through blocks on the toe rail at the widest part of the boat which keeps the guys clear of the shrouds. Sometimes they chaffe a bit on the lifelines but never enough to be a concern. On boats that use sheets only, tweakers in the same max beam position for the guy side serves the same purpose. It is much easier to pull on a tweaker with every gybe than to screw around with a strut!
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