Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Portland, OR
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Re: Back Stay Warning
While the idea of self leveling is valid, after several decades of deliveries I would say that for most (but certainly not all) sailors it adds unneeded complication. Sort of like the old adage about "a solution looking for a problem". That's not totally true, but still...
When we are rolling around in the typical summer swells the boat seldom rolls further than the number of degrees on the beam can read on successive passes. And then, and more relevantly, we are on the ocean in the calmer summer season, where a long swell of 2 or 3 feet with a cross sea of 3 to 5 from surface winds is the norm.
If making a multi day passage, with a lot of time heeled down, I would likely have a way different take on the situation.
The comment about clamping anything to a shroud is a good one, too. I have a tubular radar reflector up high, and go up there every other season to check on the seizing wire and the condition of the shroud.
That rigging picture is scary.
Real Glad we have a stern post for our radar mount.
Good luck on the repair.