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The quote from the gage instruction is "Backstay tension would, of course, have to be adjusted to maintain a straight mast with the desired forestay tension. ....Omitted for space.... value, then it is important to know this value is higher on your forestay and therefore need to reduce backstay tension accordingly.
I understand the importance of not overloading the Forestay. However, that will be avoided by any competent rigging procedure, including the one I have cited. My only point was for any novice who is tunning their own rig to find such a procedure, follow the steps, and (hopefully) understand why they are doing what they are doing. As opposed to stabbing at it willy nilly as some have indicated they have done in this thread, with poor results. Obviously, sailing a poorly tuned rig is no fun and can be dangerous. Of course, there is always the option of paying a Rigger to do it. However if you wanted to use that option, you probably wouldn't be reading this thread!
Last edited by L124C; 01-27-2012 at 02:10 PM.