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Location: Lake Minnetonka (near Minneapolis, Minnesota)
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Was your backstay always too long or is this a recent phenomenon? I wonder if your excessive slack is a symptom of other problems: too much rake of the mast, a stretched forestay, a loose forestay fitting, a crushed or deteriorating mast step, a corroded mast base?
If your mast is stepped on deck, could the deck be flexed downward, effectively shortening the mast height and making the stays appear to be too long? This could be caused by a deteriorated compression post or bulkhead.
I don't mean to be alarmist, but it just seems to me that ss rigging wire is relatively stretch free; something is giving somewhere.
Chiquita - 1974 Macgregor Venture of Newport 23
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