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Re: Rigging Failures
does that boat having running backstays?
Im not a fan of single sail heavy weather sailing...while not exreme 30-35 knots can be a tremendous load on the mast while beating...
beating usually birngs out all the flaws certain rigs have, pumping like mentioned is a killer of rigs if not taken care of
the crimp on the wire rope that isnt all that uncommon...could be exactly what was mentioned before...someone tightened the backstay after really hammering on the jib halyard...since you were beating the thought is to tighten the backstay and keep things taught but if done after the winds have piped up damage can happen...
Im also not a fan of tighten stuff while on tension, especially beating...if it comes down to it id much rather run off the wind...even drop sails if need be, and however uncomfortable it may be to do this with no sails up...haul up sails again after tweaking rig and keep on going
sometomes its hard to get a little lull in waves and pounding to trim the jib sheet for example without it going awol but luffing into the wind a bit to ease pressure works well sometimes
again dependant on wave pattern and how often you are pounding each wave if you will
imrpoper sheet angle is a killer of sails, or jib in this case not necessarily the halyard per say...you could of easily ripped the foot of the sail if you kept hauling in...having said that was the leech flapping all around and ballooned out? if so I understand why crew was unhappy
regarding the spreader was it tied in? boot? tape something to clamp spreader to rigging?
I like bootsand simple zipties or wire...
in any case in 35 knots of wind I would of much rather have a very small foresail preferrably on an inner forestay and a triple reefed or deep reefed main
a lot of people forget that rig balance is essential in order to prevent premature rig failures...cause if you load one extreme and have the other unladden you cause uneven stresses...
hope this makes sense
Merit 25 sold...Islander 36 still afloat? who knows...Im still in Columbus, and back...I think...jajajaja!!!!
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Last edited by christian.hess; 03-18-2014 at 12:00 PM.