Setting the tension on a cutter for cruising..
is set for sloop adjustment with an adjustable backstay, its already there, now,and adding the cutter to the mix.
I've been setting the check stays to set the tension and keep the mast in column, along with a short "baby stay", and adjusted for heavy weather and flat main at the max.
To keep the staysail in tension, I've set the checks, and all is good until I tack and have to set the oppisit and drop the one I have set..
Now its to my understanding that the checks are there to keep the mast from pumping and not to set the tension on the staysail.
and again I have the "baby" set... with the way its set and adjusted now, if its not backed off in the proper order, I'm tweeking the mast..
A few weeks ago, I let off on the backstay before the checks and Holy Cow, I thought I crapped the mast because of the forward bend I put in it.. I'm lucky It came back in column...........