Adjustable Shrouds-Proper Use
I own a 1989 Pacific Seacraft 31 that is cutter rigged and has adjustable shrouds. I have no knowledge of how to properly used this rigging system. They run from the middle of mast back into the cockpit area. They consist of a rope line running through a double block attached to the shrouds and snape shackles for easy release - presumably to allow easier access to the cockpit when boarding.
Two questions: Can I move this rigging forward to the mast and sail without using them and not damage my rig?
And, what is the proper method to use such rigging. Is the principle the same as an adjustable backstay, i.e. loosen on a broad reach and tighten shrouds to improve pointing ability when going windward?
I searched the web, but could not find much on my initial search......