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Old 11-14-2006
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Back Stay Adjustment

Raven runs twin backstays which is a bugger at the best of times except for allowing easy access over the stern rail. Main problem is that both stays terminate on deck with turnbuckles, meaning only way of adjusting is to tighten or loosen the TBs which is not something to do away from the dock. Their are two obvious solutions.
1. Similar to a Harken 8:1 adjuster for a split backstay with block and tackle adjustment.
2. Similar to a Harken 2:1 backstay adjuster with winch handle adlustment.

No 2 would be preferred except for the slightly complicated installation and cost. (The twin stays are junked, new single back stay fitted with split just above the height of the bimini.)

No 1 is a damn sight easier to install and uses existing stays so obviously less expensive. Much easier to DIY this, no need to go up the mast , no need to buy new back stay, no expensive adjustment mechanism. I really do like the simplest solution, being the simple soul that I am.

Have any of you good people had any experience with either of these types of setups ? How do you feel about both systems ?

This link is to the Harken website showing both options. Right hand column, second and fourth from the top.

http://www.harken.com/rigtips/back.php

Cheers

Andrew
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