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Re: A C&C question? on spreaders

Don't mistake headstay sag for luff tension. They are two different things. Luff tension affects the draft position on the sail, and the shape of the luff. It is controlled by halyard tension. Head stay sag causes the whole sail to be fuller, and is controlled by backstay tension on a masthead boat.
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Re: A C&C question? on spreaders

itgoshen,
We're bombarding you with too much detail.
I'd recommend that you set your backstay adjuster: (pick one)
1. where the po set it
2. so the forestay is "pretty tight"
3. If you can figure out your tension gauge, so the forestay is at 1100-1200 lb

From the questions you've posted in the past, it's clear that you're going to be a good sailor in the future-- you're trying to learn to do everything right. However, a lot of these things are just little details- added all up they make a big difference, but each one is small. I'd be willing to bet that the majority of sailors never adjust their backstay- in fact they probably can't.
For now, just keep sailing until handling the boat is intuitive, and enjoy the boat. You've got a great boat. Tackle one issue at a time. Find an old timer around the marina and ask him one of your questions. Give him a beer and act like he's an expert and he'll probably stick around and answer as many questions as you've got.
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Re: A C&C question? on spreaders

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itgoshen,
We're bombarding you with too much detail.
I'd recommend that you set your backstay adjuster: (pick one)
1. where the po set it
2. so the forestay is "pretty tight"
3. If you can figure out your tension gauge, so the forestay is at 1100-1200 lb

From the questions you've posted in the past, it's clear that you're going to be a good sailor in the future-- you're trying to learn to do everything right. However, a lot of these things are just little details- added all up they make a big difference, but each one is small. I'd be willing to bet that the majority of sailors never adjust their backstay- in fact they probably can't.
For now, just keep sailing until handling the boat is intuitive, and enjoy the boat. You've got a great boat. Tackle one issue at a time. Find an old timer around the marina and ask him one of your questions. Give him a beer and act like he's an expert and he'll probably stick around and answer as many questions as you've got.
I agree, as a beginner you don't need to get too caught up in the details, but I am not a believer in the "set it and leave it" mentality. It's very simple; if the wind is light, so is your backstay tension. When it gets windier, crank the backstay. Doing so will flatten the sail out and de-power the sail which will reduce heel and allow you to point higher sailing upwind.

If you have the tool on your boat you might as well know how to use it!
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Re: A C&C question? on spreaders

Thanks guys, I'm taking her out as much as I can. I am learning a lot. The boat sails real nice just letting it sail. I dont want to over do anything when out there, One thing i have noticed is Beaufort SC dont have good wind. When I lived in Clearwater it was windy all the time. Or maybe I have just been wanting to sail more now I have a boat? TMI? maybe but I do soak it all in and yall have been great to point out so much. I also read alot and watch U-Tube to learn what they do to trim and rigg.
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