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Re: How Far Do You Heel...?
Ok, Jeff despite your disclaimer NOT to read your responses on both fractionals and mastheads, I couldn't help myself, as I find posts by both yourself and Bob P to be 2 very good reasons (among many) to scour through these forums...
You've mentioned in the past that you think the mast on the Capri 25 to be "bendy" for a masthead rig. I've read through countless information from the association and also other Capri 25 sailors who consider it rather prone to resist bending.
More information is, the rig does not have running backs, or a baby stay... it does however, have 2 lowers on each side, one forward of the mast, one aft (I am guessing this was a design requirement to hold the middle of the mast in place while cranking on the backstay, to as you say, control buckling). Again its on a 25 foot boat, so this is a lot of standing rigging for such a small boat (which agrees with your statement that the mastheads put more loading on the rigging).
I suppose the question is to that itself. My own experience on the boat denotes very little depowering taking place with increased backstay tension -Does this indicate a less bendy mast, or is it due to the nature of the lowers that it FEELS less bendy? Or just as much a result of the rather unsophisticated tensioner for the backstay.
I get SOME depowering while tensioning backstay (which I note tensions forestay as well, and therefore flattens the entry on the genoa, and opens the leech). For my money if I need to depower more I usually just slide genoa cars back some, this after I've cranked on backstay and haven't depowered enough.
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