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post #2 of Old 05-06-2008
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Lots of threads here have gone over this many times..Giu has a new one that is real good...In a nut shell 10 to 15 % of cable strength to start with for stays...up to 20% for shrouds...but you have to be willing to back off theas figures on test sails..
Try to find his thread and others using search

Edit: your shrouds should slacken on the leeward side when sailing and to some degree your stays depending on weather going upwind or downwind....sailboats are dynamic not static...Racers play with there rig under sail all the time...with tentioners..running backs etc..

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