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Old 07-31-2011
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John,
You bring up a good point, but I have to believe that the factory would have calculated the load requirements when installing the track. I would also think that the track would spread the load out over a greater area on the deck, instead of a point load at a pad eye (although a large enough backing plate would probably mitigate that risk).

If the early PSCs had a pad eye, I wonder why they switched to the track arrangement. The pad eye would have been cheaper and easier for the factory to install. There must have been some demand for the change. Can anyone speak to why it would be benificial to adjust the backstay position?
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Folks, I am confused.

I would have thought the deck track would be for larger staysails, or leading smaller jibs inside the shrouds. I would think that their use to secure running backs would be secondary to this.
I would also think that 100% and less staysails would go to the cabin top tracks.

But I don't have a cutter, so this is all conjecture...
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John,
There are two sets of tracks on Indigo, both factory installs.

The tracks on the cabin top are for the staysail sheets to adjust for the proper sheet angle, similar to the tracks on the cap rail for the jib.

The second tracks are on the deck just forward of the cockpit for the running backstays.
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The tracks on deck can also be used for tight sheeting angles on the headsail to allow pointing higher into the wind.
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Cool,
I will start with the cabin top ones then, and when I get my 130 cut down might add the deck tracks too. In the interim I'll just put my running backs to something strong enough, either on the rail track or up the stern.

Should I go the 1 1/4 track?

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John,

Yes to the 1 1/4 track.

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