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sailnaway 01-09-2005 09:47 AM

Pull the mast or not
I need to replace my backstay knee this will require taking the backstay loose. If I slack the forstay and then take the backstay loose do you think the mast will stand with the uppers and lowers holding it up.

DelmarRey 01-09-2005 04:36 PM

Pull the mast or not
If it''s cabin/deck stepped. This is what I would suggest. If you have a topping lift, snug that up and your mainsheet that''ll hold it in place. If no topping lift, use your mainhalyard as the topping lift and do the same. If it''s keel stepped, it''ll stand on it''s own with just the shrouds providing your boot is snug..

sailnaway 01-10-2005 07:45 AM

Pull the mast or not
The mast is keel stepped and the rig is tuned with a ton meter.

tondelayo29 01-10-2005 12:52 PM

Pull the mast or not
I guess I would have to ask myself the question...what if it dosen''t stand on it''s own. What will that cost me -vs- the time and effort to add a little extra support while the work is being done.

Irwin32 01-12-2005 01:52 PM

Pull the mast or not
I would not rely on my shrouds to keep my mast up.

Here is how to do this: Use your jib halyard and main halyard as running backstays one to port and one to starboard. Run them to an aft position like your spinnaker sheet turning blocks at the aft corners. Winch them tight. Do not loosen the forstay. Undo your back stay.

I have done this procedure numerous times at haul out when storing with my mast up and have never had any problem.

DelmarRey 01-14-2005 06:37 PM

Pull the mast or not
My mast is also stepped on the keel and I can take both fore and aft stays off and she''s still steady. At times working on the foredeck I depressure the hyd. backstay and pull the clevis loose from the bow to do cleaning and other projects. Never had a problem, But she is sitting on the hard.

dirtchickn 01-15-2005 03:25 AM

Pull the mast or not
I agree that using the halyards as temp. backstays to be the easiest answer. Recently while relpacing rigging on my deck stepped Columbia, we were able to create a bridle around the aft cleats and attach main halyard to the bridle. I cranked down on the halyard, taking some of the strain off of the backstay. I should add, I have a end of boom mainsheet and tightened it down as well. It pull against the topping lift, creating another temp. backstay. The mast never wiggled. Using the jib (and spare jib)halyard to the forward cleats allowed the same setup to work on the forward rigging. Good Luck.


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