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Forestay Tack Position

The Catalina 22 has a three position forestay plate at the tack point. Can anyone elaborate on the performance changes that one might expect from displacing the forestay forward or aft from the middle point?

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Re: Forestay Tack Position

It is all about mast rake. Read more here:
http://www.getwetsailing.com/mastrakeandrigsetup/
I'm not a racer so I usually keep mine in the middle.
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Re: Forestay Tack Position

I don't think the hole you use will impact performance much. You can adjust mast rake (which does impact performance a lot) by adjusting the forestay toggle. I think most people put the forestay in the most forward hole, then use the other two for the jib shackle, a downhaul, a penent to raise a storm jib off the deck, or maybe for an asymetrical spinaker.
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