SailNet Community - Reply to Topic

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related) > Adjustable backstay on a masthead rig? Totally worth it!
 Not a Member? 


Thread: Adjustable backstay on a masthead rig? Totally worth it! Reply to Thread
Title:
  

By choosing to post the reply below you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Topic Review (Newest First)
12-11-2012 07:03 AM
downeast450
Re: Adjustable backstay on a masthead rig? Totally worth it!

I, added a backstay adjuster too. The adjustable headstay tension is helpful in variable wind. My tension gauge is the head door's ability to open easily. Ha!

I will see what loosening the aft lowers a little adds. Thanks, Sailormon.

Down
12-10-2012 08:06 PM
saildork
Re: Adjustable backstay on a masthead rig? Totally worth it!

I second the advise from Sailorman. I installed a backstay adjuster on my previous boat, a Catalina 22, and the effect was dramatic. Even though the C22 is a masthead rig, I was able to induce some bend that positively influenced performance upwind.

Now I'm in the process of purchasing a Caliber 33 (11 foot-itis), and wondering if I need to concern myself with such matters. This boat won't be raced. Or should I start a new thread on the subject?
12-10-2012 07:53 PM
peterchech
Re: Adjustable backstay on a masthead rig? Totally worth it!

Great advice about the lowers thanks sailormon!
12-10-2012 07:32 PM
Sailormon6
Re: Adjustable backstay on a masthead rig? Totally worth it!

I agree it's totally worth it. My previous boat had a masthead rig with a backstay adjuster and I used it all the time, and loved it. My present boat doesn't have it, and a backstay adjuster is on my list of upgrades.

I think people often expect an adjustable backstay to enable the boat to point higher, but I think that's mistaken. You can tune a rig with a fixed backstay so that the boat will point just as well as a boat with an adjustable backstay. The benefit that you gain from having an adjustable backstay is that you can instantly change the tuning of the rig from a taut forestay, which is better suited for sailing to windward and in stronger winds, to a loose forestay, which is better suited for sailing off the wind and in lighter winds.

There is a limit to the amount of tension you can put on the forestay without damaging the boat structurally. The benefit that you gain from a backstay adjuster is in being able to change the tension quickly, without having to get out your tools.

To tune a masthead rig properly, when the boat has a backstay adjuster and fore and aft lowers, the aft lowers should be considerably looser than all the rest of the stays. That enables the mast to bend a little when you tension it. If you have equal tension on all the fore and aft lowers, they will prevent the mast from bending in any direction. (You will never see as much mast bend as you will with a fractional rig, but you need some bend to make it work well.)
12-10-2012 06:35 PM
peterchech
Adjustable backstay on a masthead rig? Totally worth it!

I had been conflicted about whether to put an adjustable backstay on my masthead rigged boat, and couldn't find much info on the net that wasn't as conflicted as I was. Therefore I'm posting this in case anyone else has the same idea. The idea was that it wouldn't do much to flatten the main on a masthead rigged boat, and might mess with the lowers (I have fore and aft lowers). Well I went for it anyway. It actually costed less to make a new synthetic backstay than to hire a rigger to swage an eye on the existing one (amsteel is getting cheaper and cheaper). So I spliced it myself using youtube instruction (piece of cake) and installed it. Put in a fiddle block and two cascades to give 16/1. Whole set up costed about $150.

Yesterday I went out in the rain and tried it out. Wind was very gusty, going from about 6 knots to 15. I torqued the backstay in the gusts, let it out in the lulls, and found it to be very effective. Maybe not quite as effective as on a frac rig, since it doesn't flatten the main at all, but still well worth the effort. And I haven't ripped out the lowers yet

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:22 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.