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Old 10-23-2012
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Re: Lower shroud tension thoughts

Originally Posted by grandcapri View Post
I realize this is an opinion forum, but if your going to give an ass remark, I'd appreciate you passing on responding.
Does anyone have a simple measure of lower shroud tension?, simple put, when sailing with a load, my leeward lower shroud is slack but the spar is straight.
I believe the "if it ain't broke, don't mess with it" concept, however, a slack lower shroud seems to be suggestion instability.
Professional and informative responses appreciated.
Thank you.
It's pretty normal for your looward shrouds to slacken. My rule of thumb is to set them to where they are not tensioned, but also not loose, (As in flopping around), when sailing a reach in about 15 knots.
If the mast is still in column and your shrouds aren't floppy. You're fine.

That said, there are a lot of different rigs and some of them require a lot more attention to detail.
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