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Loose leeward shrouds?
So, we were sailing close-hauled the other day and noticed that the leeward shrouds were slack - I mean flapping in the wind, loose piece of yarn kind of slack. Details:
Catalina 27, standard rig
Full main and 150 genoa
Approx 12 kts mostly steady wind
Heeled 18-20°, making a little over 5 knots.
We've been sailing this boat all summer and I can't believe I've never noticed this before. I guess this is the first time we've been close hauled on a long sail. Usually when we're close hauled we're in our inlet, doing a lot of tacking and spending the straight portions focused on sail trim. Guess I just never looked at the shrouds. This time, we were on the one tack long enough to look around.
So is this normal in these conditions, or is the rig too loose? I've read contradicting stuff online about whether you want a loose or tight rig. Where do most of you have your shroud tension?
And if we want to tighten this up, is it safe to just equally tighten each shroud turnbuckle, say one turn apiece to start, till things behave? That should keep things in balance, right?