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post #4 of Old 06-25-2009
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You'll want to tighten the forestay and backstay to about 15-20% of their breaking strength. Shrouds are tightened to about 10% of breaking strength.

You'll need a tension gauge. Like this one:

When you get your tension gauge you get all the information you'll need, i.e. breaking strength of 3/16 stainless steel cable, which is probably what you've got.

My boat uses 1/4 inch cable and the breaking strength is 8,000 pounds, so my forestay and backstay are tensioned to 1200 pounds and shrouds are at 800 pounds.

It'll make a heckuva difference is the way your boat sails.

BTW.....America's Cup racers tension all rigging to 100% of breaking strength!

When you come to a "Y" in the road, take it....Yogi Berra
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