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Re: Tuning Standing Rigging after Mast Stepped

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To my mind. the big benefit of a Loos is that you get the same tension on all the shrouds & stays.

Doing it by feel works, and has worked forever but it isn't good at getting them all the same - or repeatability for that matter. A given tension feels tighter on a shorter wire like a lower than it does on an upper or backstay.
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Re: Tuning Standing Rigging after Mast Stepped

jajaja it was an error on my behalf...I apologize...

I wasnt bagging on using the gauge btw

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Re: Tuning Standing Rigging after Mast Stepped

Figures, one more damn thing I should buy.
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Re: Tuning Standing Rigging after Mast Stepped

Now for best price on a Loos.

Rigging sizes determines which gauge to buy.

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Please post if you find for less $.
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Now for best price on a Loos.

Rigging sizes determines which gauge to buy.

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One word - Craigslist. I got an almost unused one for $40 and I've seen others around the same price.
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Re: Tuning Standing Rigging after Mast Stepped

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It's okay, you can say it. I'm too dumb to do it by feel.

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Re: Tuning Standing Rigging after Mast Stepped

By the way Med - can I assume from your avatar that you sold your Leaky Teaky and bought a Nauticat?
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Re: Tuning Standing Rigging after Mast Stepped

Admitting that the gauge is a good idea, I've done it by hand and eye now for 25 years.

As described by others, halyard brought to chainplates to get it pointed straight up port/starboard, using the uppers, then working my way down on the rest of the shrouds while sighting up the mast to make sure it stays straight and true. Forestay is usually left untouched with the roller furler, backstay is dynamically adjusted anyway based on wind conditions. If you've got mast wedges, put them in after the static tune.

After doing all that, take it sailing, load up the rig on both tacks, and sight up the mast and make sure it's straight under load. Retune if necessary. Then in go the pins.

I've heard different opinions on how loose the leeward shrouds should be when not under load on a tack. Personally, I don't like them to be rattling around. I set them tight enough not to sag.

One good idea when you get it set, mark the turnbuckles with tape before stepping so next year's setup is easy. A good yard will usually do this to save themselves the trouble.
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Re: Tuning Standing Rigging after Mast Stepped

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the folding rule method. Selden has info on this method and I use it to tune my rig.
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