Re: stays and shrouds too loose?
Boatowner's Mechanical And Electrical Manual by Nigel Calder Has an excellent section on rig setup. He describes an effective way to measure the amount of stretch on the stay or shroud using simpley a tape measure and a marker of some sort. Measureing the amount of deformation under tension is a very acurate way to preload correctly.
(You will find the book helpful for other things too - I consider it a must have refference.)
Catalina 27 Aft. galley, dinnet L/O
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Saint John NB