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Hey you are all great help thanks for all the info. I was looking for something like Moonsailor explaned but I believe Giulietta gave me alot to think about.
Giulietta always gives us alot to think about. I keep clicking just to see him fall off a chair........
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Bill Shaw designed and built my boat a Pearson 323. My recommendations come directly from Bill Shaw on how to tune the rigging. Tuning The Rig by Bill Shaw - The Pearson Current - Volume 6, #3 - 2000

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Having made my living for the past 15 years as a rigger, it never ceases to amaze me how many "expert riggers" there are who are so willing to dispense quality information for free. Information like upgrading your wire size without bothering to upgrade your chainplates or tangs. Or tightening your rigging so much that you hog the boat and make your cabinetry stick. Or the ones who advocate stuffing foam inside the mast to keep the wires from slapping.
All I can say is God bless em. They keep me in work fixing all the problems they help create.
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We had a guy in our marina for a few years with an old Islander. The boat does not have a compression post. It was built with a wooden truss under the mast step to carry the loads to the keel. It framed out the doorway to the Y birth and head. One Sat. afternoon a few of us watched him taking a small piece of flat stock and was using it to turn turnbuckles. We walked down to his slip, and was informed that he was "tuning his rig."

Small talk went back and forth. A question was asked how do you know how tight you are getting them without a Gauge. He said by feel. I felt a shroud and it was as tight as a piano wire, no play at all. Again it was asked are you sure it's not to tight.

By the end of the season, there was a 4 to 5 inch indentation in the cabin top at the mast step. But the good thing was the rigging tension was just about right!
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Bubb, I think I'll just use the expert's words.
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Lapworth—

15-20% is generally the accepted tension, but it does vary a slight bit..I'd point you to the thread that Gui tried to link to, which is located HERE
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