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Mast adjustments

I have a 78 Seafarer 22. Deb and I just put her in the water for our 1st full season. We raised the mast and got the rigging squared away. What I need to know is how to properly make the rake adjustment and how much tension you should put on the stays. Also how do you check the side to side position of the mast. Any technical information in this area would be a great help. We have alot to learn.

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Mast adjustments

First the side shrouds: take the main halyard and move the end from one side of the boat to the other noting where it touches the deck. If you touch the same location port and starboard, your mast is streight. Adjust the tension so that the lee shrouds do not flop when sailing. Do not overtighten ! As for mast rake, this takes trial and error and changes for: beating, running and windspeed. On a beat? try tightening to take the sag out of the headstay for better pointing. Running? loosen it to give more belly to the sails. Remember that more mast rake aft will in most cases flatten the main and could increase whether helm ( harder to steer)
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