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I have been rigging boats for years and have lived aboard my own sailboats for about 20 years. Every once in a while, I get some noise and after all this time, I''m fairly used to what''s ''normal'' and what isn''t.
There is an old New England sailor saying that refers to ''the blow of the eye''. It doesn''t count among monkeys and fools because they don''t know what they are looking at anyway, but among regular sailors it means that if it looks right to an experienced eye, it probably is. And if it looks wrong to you, you are probably right in thinking so.
I have several times gotten manufacturers tension specs from them at the behest of a customer (20 years in yacht service) and tightened, or, ''tried'' to tighten the rig in accordance with the factory specs. Mant times, this is just WAY too tight and results in excessive rug hum and even howling in 20 or 30 knot winds.
It''s too tight. Back it off. Center your rig properly and ease the tension until your rig is snug, but not twangy as a bass guitar. When sailing, observe the lee shroud and see if it is ''floppy''. If it is, center up sails and take up one turn on each side, always keeping the rig balanced.
Once you get your rig adjusted so that your shrouds do not go limp even in YOUR most aggressive reaches, then it is right for you, and the boat, and it will not howl at the dock. Much. Maybe a little. Sell the tension guage or give it to a competitor at Christmas and tune your rig by your own ''blow of the eye''. You''ll get to know it fast. Have confidence.
By the way, once you''re adjusted, ring-lock or cotter all turnbuckles and cover any exposed cotter pins with tape. Yeah, yeah, I know you knew that.