Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Windy Wyoming
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If you have problems take it to a rigger a backstay is a terrible thing to lose at the wrong time. Did that but got lucky and didn't lose the mast.
Per class rules (tho I'm not terribly bothered by those) there will be a safety cable backing up the adjuster. Not sure how that would fare in a shock-load, mind you. It may however prevent blushes while raising the mast if yours truly forgets to attach something important.
I'm overdesigning this thing pretty seriously -- replacing 1/8" wire rope with components at least twice (and up to five times) the cable's breaking strength as SWL. Should still come in under $250: nice people at Garhauer. (Thanks SD for the referral.)
Albin Ballad 30, Fionn