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post #11 of Old 03-06-2013
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Re: Reaching struts

The merit of the reaching strut is that it increases the angle between the center axis of the spinnaker pole and the center-line of the after-guy in the same manner that a spreader does for a cap shroud on a mast. This reduces the tension needed in the guy and the induced compression load in the pole from the guy. On some of the wide-butt lead haulers of today ("sleds"), where the lead-block for the guy is already quite far off the center line of the yacht, a reaching strut might not be necessary but in older yachts, and particularly those with IOR induced lines, the reaching strut is a necessary element of the rig. The good news is that they are relatively short, accordingly light weight, and relatively easily positioned.

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