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Old 06-10-2010
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It sounds to me that probably, your rig already has some rake already in it as it isn’t immediately “heading down” when you take your hand off the wheel (tiller?). Another hallmark of a mast raked forward or straight up is difficulty tacking. Think good thoughts and do the plumb bob test and report back. “Mast in column” means that the mast is straight and not curved or bowed and is a symptom of the lower and upper shrouds not being in balance with each other. A mast can be in column and still raked. To check for in column, lie on your deck and sight up the mast. You should see a straight line. Bows and curves will be readily apparent.
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