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Re: mast bend problem
It is a good idea to un-step the mast. As said earlier, an inverted mast is dangerous to use.
When doing so, check
- so the two sides are identical (or mirrored). Probably not very ctitical, but good to have.
- the lengths of the lowers (aft and forward).
When stepping the mast, at the initial stage do not apply high tension to the aft lowers. If there is any bend in the mast, the bend in itself should point forward, mast top aft (opposite to what you have today). A masthead mast should usually not have much bend, if any at all.
It is quite important to follow a scheme when stepping the mast, and applying tension to all stays. The Selden instruction, mentioned above, probably has such a scheme (read ...). Apply tension in steps, check mast for each round.
Last edited by Jaramaz; 12-30-2013 at 02:23 AM.