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|01-25-2009 11:55 AM|
15-20% is generally the accepted tension, but it does vary a slight bit..I'd point you to the thread that Gui tried to link to, which is located HERE
|01-25-2009 10:57 AM|
Bubb, I think I'll just use the expert's words.
|01-25-2009 10:44 AM|
We had a guy in our marina for a few years with an old Islander. The boat does not have a compression post. It was built with a wooden truss under the mast step to carry the loads to the keel. It framed out the doorway to the Y birth and head. One Sat. afternoon a few of us watched him taking a small piece of flat stock and was using it to turn turnbuckles. We walked down to his slip, and was informed that he was "tuning his rig."
Small talk went back and forth. A question was asked how do you know how tight you are getting them without a Gauge. He said by feel. I felt a shroud and it was as tight as a piano wire, no play at all. Again it was asked are you sure it's not to tight.
By the end of the season, there was a 4 to 5 inch indentation in the cabin top at the mast step. But the good thing was the rigging tension was just about right!
|01-25-2009 10:07 AM|
Having made my living for the past 15 years as a rigger, it never ceases to amaze me how many "expert riggers" there are who are so willing to dispense quality information for free. Information like upgrading your wire size without bothering to upgrade your chainplates or tangs. Or tightening your rigging so much that you hog the boat and make your cabinetry stick. Or the ones who advocate stuffing foam inside the mast to keep the wires from slapping.
All I can say is God bless em. They keep me in work fixing all the problems they help create.
|01-25-2009 09:42 AM|
|MoonSailer||Bill Shaw designed and built my boat a Pearson 323. My recommendations come directly from Bill Shaw on how to tune the rigging. Tuning The Rig by Bill Shaw - The Pearson Current - Volume 6, #3 - 2000|
|01-24-2009 08:11 PM|
Originally Posted by lapworth View Post
|01-24-2009 07:55 PM|
Do a bit more research and I'm sure you will find G-'s recommendation of 15-20% is correct.
|01-24-2009 06:50 PM|
|lapworth||Hey you are all great help thanks for all the info. I was looking for something like Moonsailor explaned but I believe Giulietta gave me alot to think about.|
|01-24-2009 05:33 PM|
You are for sure joking, recommending someone to tension the stay to 40 and 50%?? Unless your 40 and 50 is not percentage of wire breaking load..which is how we measure.
I'm outta here...
To the original poster, make sure you note who said it, ok?? Wasn't me. Just in case.
By the way, google around some of the shroud and stay manufacturers web sites, you will CLEARLY read in all of them NOT to exceed 25% of the breaking load.
|01-24-2009 05:22 PM|
Originally Posted by Dick Pluta View Post
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