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10-24-2012 12:03 PM
grandcapri
Re: Lower shroud tension thoughts

I appreciate everyone's response, I had a new spar put on 6 years ago and the rigger out of Annapolis said the slack lower shroud was fine and that coincides with the responses here.
I'll continue to assess, but you guys clearly have given me some insight.
10-24-2012 11:29 AM
chucklesR
Re: Lower shroud tension thoughts

Loos gauges and pre-tension guidelines are for when you are dock side, not when you are sailing. You set them dockside, then go sailing and check.
As KH said, loose but not floppy, mast in column. Actual tension then doesn't matter unless you are near breaking strength (not likely).
10-24-2012 11:20 AM
Sublime
Re: Lower shroud tension thoughts

Borrow or purchase a loos gauge and check the tension.
10-24-2012 10:55 AM
Barquito
Re: Lower shroud tension thoughts

Quote:
Isn't your mast supposed to be straight and centered on both tacks? If that's the case, who cares how tight or loose the lowers are? They're doing their job when they need to do it.
Would there, then, be a concern for shock loading when suddenly loading the other shrouds?
10-23-2012 11:24 PM
rgscpat
Re: Lower shroud tension thoughts

Some boats, especially one-design racing boats, have tuning guides written for them by sailmakers or experienced owners, which give suggested shroud tension settings in pounds or tuning gauge numbers. Some of these boats are even designed to use different tension settings for different wind and sea conditions. Specific advice would depend upon the kind of boat, rig design, number and position of shrouds, and so on. Riggers have to deal with a huge variety of rig designs. But it's pretty easy to set the shroud tension on a Freedom!
10-23-2012 11:24 PM
paulk
Re: Lower shroud tension thoughts

Isn't your mast supposed to be straight and centered on both tacks? If that's the case, who cares how tight or loose the lowers are? They're doing their job when they need to do it.
10-23-2012 11:14 PM
SchockT
Re: Lower shroud tension thoughts

And it is consistent with what my rigger friends have told me too! "slack but not floppy".
10-23-2012 09:58 PM
sww914
Re: Lower shroud tension thoughts

There you have it, advice from a pro. I was about to say the same thing but my opinion carries less weight even with me.
10-23-2012 09:51 PM
Faster
Re: Lower shroud tension thoughts

Gotta say, Grand, that's a bit of an odd choice for your avatar!

You should know that your first response is from our resident professional rigger - you won't get better advice.
10-23-2012 09:47 PM
Sal Paradise
Re: Lower shroud tension thoughts

I have the same thing. My upper shroud stays fairly taut but the lowers get real loose. I talked to a friend who is a licensed captain with offshore experience and he tells me its normal.
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