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The turnbuckles on one side were maxed out while the other side had some slack. I evened them out. Then I centered the mast using the jib halyard as a measuring tool.
Everything came out perfect except for the backstay, which had a lot of flop in it. So I *fixed* it by zip-tying it to the rear aluminum hand rail, removing the slack from it.
Before you yell at me, I KNOW this is not right. I know this is wrong. However I am also very very broke. Also, it seemed to work just fine. When I pulled up the main sail in 10 - 15 knot winds, all was well. No flexing, no bending, nada.
I'm thinking that until I have money to replace the steel cable altogether, I will fabricate a temporary tensioner and affix it to the hand rail.
Vescere bracis meis.
(Eat my shorts.)
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