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I recently ordered a new Tartan 3700 which comes standard with a split back stay. My question is, should I order the optional integral split backstay adjuster? I don''t plan to race the boat but may want to adjust the backstay occasionally. I''m not sure if I should add the option. It''s certainly an item that could be easily installed later. What do the experts think?
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Absolutely order the backstay adjuster. They are comparatively inexpensive when you think of the cost of the boat. Backstay adjustment is more important on a cruising boat than a race boat. On a race boat you have crew to run around and re-tension halyards and sheets in a gust to balance the helm and reduce heeling. A backstay adjuster allows for a precision adjustment without leaving the helm. You can simply adjust until the helm goes neutral. Obviously it will be less effective in a slightly outdated design like the Tartan 3700 than on a more modern design but it will greatly extend the wind range of the sails without having to reef. It also allows a setup of the rig with less backstay tension except in heavy going which reduces the strains on the boat and improves light air performance.

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even if your mast wont bend as much, it does make a difference to let air out the top and therfore reduce healing angles ...

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