Re: A C&C question? on spreaders
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.
1977 C&C 30 Mk 1 hailing from Port Clinton, Ohio