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post #11 of 16 Old 05-06-2008
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If you're really concerned about keeping in spec, you could get a Loos tension gauge or something of the same sort. For my particular boat, the stays and shrouds should have roughly 3-4 inches deflection when under bare poles. Generally, tight, but not too tight. I'm not sure what the numbers would be for the Pearson you have.
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bee67, that would make me nervous. Of course, I have a tendency to sail when many won't. I suppose it'd be cool for fair weather stuff.
Made me nervous at first too, but now I just pay a lot of attention to my rig, and don't sail my boat in crazy weather, which is probably more healthy for the boat over the long term even than replacing the 4th lower. It's a little harder to tune, sure, but all boats have quirks, and part of boat owning is knowing the quirks as much as it is getting rid of them. IMO anyway.

It's not a noticeably different gage, like a 16th off or something. I didn't ever notice until I was trying to measure it with a tension gauge.

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For rig tuning: Read Alex' contribution: Adjusting Your Rig, step by step. and/or get yourself a copy of Ivar Dedekam's Sail and Rig Tuning. (I recommend doing both.)

I went round and round about the Loos gauge thing. Get one if it makes you happy. I might, some day, when I've money to burn. (Ha!) However Dedekam will show you a quick, easy and inexpensive way to measure wire tension as a percentage of breaking strength.

*sigh* Something must be b0rk3d with Sailnet's software's parsing code. Both of the links I tried to provide are all busted up. Good luck.

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Jim,

The issue is that you have rig with in the titles, something with in sailnets program, makes that word along with others, automatically link to the sailnet store with in this case, rig items.

At times, a major PITA when it comes to linking things such as in your instance.

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Jim,

The issue is that you have rig with in the titles, something with in sailnets program, makes that word along with others, automatically link to the sailnet store with in this case, rig items.
Ah hah, so that's what's happening: They broke it on-purpose. Thanks for the info.

Guess seekers of information will have to resort to search engines to find the referenced material.

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You know what comes after too tight?





Too loose.


(works with nuts and bolts as well as rigging)

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