Originally Posted by sailingdog
Quick question... is it my imagination or does the upper set of spreaders sweep forward?? Shouldn't both sets of spreaders be swept back?????
SD..what you see in the top of his mast is called a diamond. Its used often on race boats that have a "bendy" upper mast, causing severe bending and belly at the middle of the mast.
What they are doing is preventing the mast from bending backwards at the top, causing the backstay to be more effective and change the tension to the stay...
He has one of those, but looks like its an add on, as I couldn't see it in the other photos.
ZZ please note..YOU ARE CAUSING GREAT DAMAGE TO YOUR RIG SAILING WITH THE STAYS THAT LOOSE.
Please have that corrected, as you risk causing shock stress to your shrouds, deck plates and hull..the stays are so loos that if you tack or gybe, the mast will dance forward, causing impact to everything that is behind it.
You can break your mast, shrouds etc. Please..do not use your boat with the stays loose..even if they seem tense to you...they sure don't look.
Please have someone recheck all the rigging...you are damaging it, ok??