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post #2 of Old 04-05-2012
Paul Comte
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Re: Islander 28 mast rake

I am also interested in this topic. Our I-28 can change from a mild mannered & self tending but slow boat to a radical handful depending upon rake. Hindsight says I should have repaired the mast compression post support plate before replacing the standing rig. I sent my cables to the WestMarine rigging shop for duplication and received perfect copies. After the support plate repair I found the inner stays were too short to safety ring, too long to add a toggle... I cut a quarter inch off the bottom of the mast!

To add rake and forestay tension, I cut the end off of the new Backstay and installed a Swageless Terminal. I can tell you it is un-nerving to race 30 minutes after doing that...

I suspect side view pictures could be compared to get us in the rake ball park. Any suggestions?

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