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Standing Rig Tension O'day 35

Does anyone have any information on the tension for the standing rig for the O'day 35?
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The rigging should be just taunt enough so that, when beating in 15 knots of wind, there is very little slack in the leeward shrouds, and the forestay has minor curve (about 6"). Like any other racer/cruiser, any size.
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Well, I had hoped someone would have a magic number. I could just spend a few minutes tightening and loosening and be out sailing. Your information makes sense. One of the most understandable explainations I've heard. I guess this is one of the reasons I love sailing so much, now I have to go sailing to work on the rigging. I suppose I should go out a few times to make sure I got it right. Oh well a few more "sick days" from workl. Thanks again Sailing Fool!!!!!
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ODAY 35 Rig Tension

The O'DAY 35 Owners Manual I have says:

"Final tuning must be accomplished while sailing. In a 6-8 knot breeze, adjust the shrouds to achieve a straight spar on either tack. Care should be taken not to overtighten the rigging. Some slack in the leeward shrouds is normal, when sailing in 6-8 knot winds.

Care should be taken not to overtighten the rigging. Some slack in the leeward shrouds is normal, when sailing in 8-10 knot winds.

The rigging will need adjustment after a few sails to compensate for wire stretch. Be sure to install cotter pins in all the clevis pins and turnbuckles, and bend them over and tape them.

O'Day Sailboats has no specific rig tension recommendations. Such tensions are applicable only in extreme racing situations. This procedure will provide excellent mast tune in 95% of all sailing conditions."

Hope this helps!
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