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Old 08-26-2005
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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.

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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.

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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.
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