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Old 08-08-2007
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I believe what you are referring to are checkstays, which can be brought back aft to padeyes on the deck help brace the loads imparted to the middle of the mast when using the staysail only in extreme conditions. I don't think they are used to "tune bend" our stiff LeFiel masts, but are primarily used for structural integrity and guard against mast pump.
s/v Little Wing
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