Originally Posted by davidpm
The farr 395 has a hydraulic back-stay with a meter on it. Maybe stringing a line from the bow to the stern and checking the deformation of the hull under different tensions would prove I'm full of it.
That's an old trick. I can remember seeing IOR boats that had strips of measuring tape permanently affixed to the mast at the height of a piece of string stretched between the bow & stern pulpits - the amount it moved up the scale was watched when the hydraulic backstay was pumped up to ensure the boat didn't banana too much.
I was always scared to try it on my quarter tonner which, believe it or not, had hydraulics on the backstay AND headstay! Talk about reeedickulus - a tackle the size of the mainsheet setup would have been more than enough but the boat was custom built at a time when the more hardware you had on deck the better. It was just another status game. "Wow, he's got a self tailer on his flag halyard".
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I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken, opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.