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basic mast-stepping question
I may win the dumb-question of the year award for this one, but here goes....
How do you really know, with precision, that your mast is properly stepped, perpinducular and square to the hull?
A little background in my particular case: Precision-15 fractional-sloop, with a forestay (jib furler) and a shroud each side with back-swept spreaders and quick-release adjustable shroud tensioners. I doubt many with such little dinghys worry this too much, but how do I really know the mast is square and true.....just by looking? Its like several people looking at a picture and arguing whether its hanging straight or not??!! Never all agree.
I suppose I could tie a string to the mast head (or secure the halyard) and make sure it hits the chainplates at the same point on both sides for lateral trueness, but what about fore/aft? I don't assume the angle with the deck is reliable, as the deck may not be true to the hull line.
Last edited by dnf777; 05-07-2011 at 09:52 AM.