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Major Tuning the Rigging
Most of your posting seems to make sense, but I question a few things. 1/Why slightly loosen one side before tightening the other? It would just seem to make it take longer to tune the rig. 2/Do you understand the difference between mast rake and mast bend? I believe what your instructions want is for there to be a mast width of rake, when the mast is straight. (i.e.: it leans back a little.) Then, once the rake is set, if you don''t have a masthead rig, you can put about an inch or so of fore-and-aft bend in the mast by pulling on the forestay, leaving the backstay set the way it was. This fore and aft curve in the mast helps to flatten out the luff of the mainsail so you can point higher. Some boats set the rake with the forestay, and then pull the backstay to add the bend - it depends upon which is easier with your setup. Have fun fiddling !