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Is your boat a fractional rig
or masthead rig
? If it is a fractional rig
, an adjustable backstay would make sail shape control a lot better, and provided you don't use gorilla tactics to adjust it, probably not strain the rig
much. You should probably consult with a rigger to review your rig
and check to see it will handle a backstay adjuster. You could do the back stay adjuster in one of two ways. The first is to put a block at the bottom of the center section fo the backstay and then run a wire from one chainplate, through the pulley to a block and tackle that is attached to the other chainplate. With a four-to-one block and tackle, this would give you an 8:1 mechanical advantage in adjusting the backstay. The other is to use a backstay tensioner that rides on the two sections of the split backstay and has a block and tackle to adjust its height and the backstay tension.
Here are images of the two types:
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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