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post #5 of Old 10-18-2011
dsmauney
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Resist Metal Fatigue

One of the reasons for tension in rigging is so the wire is always in tension on Windward or Leeward. When loads fluctuate on metal the higher the average load that the varying load fluctuates around the longer the fatigue life. This of course within limits that the hull can handle. The same reason you tension bicycle
spokes so tight.

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