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Re: Rear Stay adjuster
Using backstay to get a lot of mast bend on a masthead rig will actually slacken your shrouds as you're 'shortening' the overall height of the mast (think compressing a toothpick between your thumb and forefinger). Checkstays are used mid-mast to limit that effect, and force some increased tension on the headstay rather than further compressing the mast...
All of this is a bigger deal with powerful hydraulics and bendy sticks, of course.
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