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I used the folding method as Selden explained to tension my rig last year since the 1x19 wires were larger diameter than the standard tension gage available. It was easy to do and the boat now points better. Good explaination.
Another thing I did which may or may not be right is to replace the old spartite around the mast. It's keel steped and I was getting some leakage through the deck and when I went to replace the mast boot I saw that the original spartite(not sure if it wa spartite) was cracked and crumbling. I dug it all out and then just used the best silicone caulk that I could find to fill the gap. The silicon may not be as hard as the epoxy based spartite, but it does limit movement of the mast at the deck. Not sure if there is much movement anyway since the mast is thick walled. At the Annapolos boat show I asked the spartite people about this, but they really didn't have any good response. The one problem that I see is that the cure time for a thick ribbon of silicon to comletely cure might be excessive?? days..weeks ...months