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Tuning the rig after

So, my whole ketch rig is down, shrouds, intermediate stays, triatic, everything. The main mast is being held up by jury rigged forestays and running backstays. The boat is a ketch, starting from the front, roller furling genoa and staysail, roller furling loose footed main and there is a triatic, New shrouds are being made up and now I have a question. How in the diablo do I tune this stuff, forget rigger, there's only one, and he has a 4 week backlog. I have to be in Mazatlan for Carnival on the 15th of Feb. with reservations at the Marina Mazatlan starting on the 5th.

I have just about every tool there is, including a Loos & Co cable wire div. tensioner.

How does one proceed? Alex, a ketch is a boat with the shorter mast in the back HELP, if this rig isn't ready, my first mate may bail.

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C'mon BF, this is serious, not only may I miss Carnival, that's a money gig, but well you know, the benefits of a first mate also.

By the way, who's the bride and who's the groom?

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Ian send me a pm with the diameters of the stays shrouds etc.

Send me all the data you have, I'll calculate it for you.
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Sorry Ian, I'm a little goofy right now. I knew G would be here for ya soon. Best of luck!

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Selden has a good booklet out check charleston spar website. basic are start with main cap shrouds plumb the mast port and starboard, setup everything only hand tight to start. then the set the fore and aft rake on the mast. next are the lowers. when mast is plumb both ways tighten all stays to 15% of design load. follow with mizzen. then go sailing and adjust as needed for helm and bend in mast, or rake. don't preload more than 30% of design load of wire varies with wire size. Brion Toss's riggers apprience is great reference on rigging.
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Technically, your boat is a cutter-rigged ketch... not just a ketch, or you wouldn't have the staysail setup.

What happened that the mizzen mast is down?? Did you break rigging or is this a preventative replacement???

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What happened that the mizzen mast is down?? Did you break rigging or is this a preventative replacement???
I think he broke it. New Lessons Relearned
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First, measure the mast to the toerail on both sides to make sure it's exaclty centered. Then use the Halyard to check plumb by running the halyard to one toerail and then across to the other toe rail. The halyard becomes your tape measure. The distance to both toerails should match. Then you are plumb and can continue on to the other steps mentioned.
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Ahhh... he broke the head casting.. UGH... that sucks.

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