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post #27 of Old 01-23-2012
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I keep hearing things like: If you have titanium chainplates, or, things like the prior comment: If the standing rigging is toggled correctly.... then what? You don't need to tune your rig correctly?

I really think it's more like having oil in an engine.... without it, it is just a matter of time, no matter what kind of engine, or how things are adjusted; you don't want to abuse metal if you want to get the full "life" from those parts.

As far as how much a mast has to "pump" to cause metal fatigue to ruin / break a chainplate, well, from what I understand, you really don't want any pumping at all.

Sure, there will be some flexing from wind changes, but when it gets to the point of having a vibration / pumping action, something is really wrong.
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