Loose Headstay - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 08-26-2005
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
trpopman is on a distinguished road
Loose Headstay

Hi,

I had a new headstay and roller furler installed this spring. Over the course of the summer and some high wind days it has loosened a bit. Is this normal and if so how do you tighten it up? Do you need to tighten the backstay or is there a way to access the lower turnbuckle which appears to be covered by the furler drum.

Thanks!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 08-26-2005
Jeff_H's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
Posts: 6,664
Thanks: 5
Thanked 103 Times in 79 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about
Loose Headstay

New stays typically stretch a lot. I find that they stretch most on the first month or so and then seem to settle down over the first year of use. I replaced my standing rigging last year and have retuned 3 separate times over the first year vs the more normal once a year adjustment after the rigging has gone through its initial stretch.

Access to the turnbuckle for adjustment is very dependent on the design of the specific furler system and so your question about how to access the turnbuckle should probably be addressed to the rigger who installed your new furler system or to the manual that came with it.

Jeff
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 08-28-2005
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
onokaya is on a distinguished road
Loose Headstay

The turnbuckle on my "Hood" furler is up all the way. I will eventually have to tackle the problem from the top and it is a much simpler way as long as getting up the mast is no problem. After removing the stay, assumming you are in very calm waters and your other stays are tight, cut the top eye off with a cutting wheel on a grinder and attach a Sta-Lok to the top of the stay instead at the new desired length. Sta-Loks are great and have more hold than a swag. Remember in cutting to always cut less because you can always cut more. Then either attach a small turnbuckle at the bottem or use the one built in.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Outhaul for Loose Foot Main Quickstep192 General Discussion (sailing related) 21 06-06-2011 01:07 PM
Headstay Connection dhough35 Gear & Maintenance 2 06-03-2004 03:45 AM
leaking and loose rudder tube ndsailor Gear & Maintenance 0 08-30-2002 06:06 AM
loose footed or track mainsail soverel28 Gear & Maintenance 5 05-21-2002 05:08 AM
Tartan T27 headstay length hootie Gear & Maintenance 0 10-24-2001 10:34 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:14 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.