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Re: mast bend
Thanks, going down to the boat this morning to get some pictures and will try easing the backstay.
Probably too late if you went down this morning! But one thing you could do, is pull the main halyard tight with shackle end tight to mast at gooseneck. Then sight up from side. You should be able to see how much bend you have and where maximum offset occurs.
Then also check mast rake. Attach a heavy weight to halyard shackle and see how far back from mast halyard it is at boom level (need calm day and level boat!)
Some mast bend is desirable. It helps stiffen the mast. With single lowers and no baby stay, you can't really control where this happens.
Because of keel stepped mast, you can bend mast using backstay, then adjust forestay accordingly. Mast rake is controlled by just where foot of mast is in step as well as how it is wedged at deck level. You may be seeing a combination of some mast bend and mast rake. But good to check it out.
Last edited by FreeAgent; 08-25-2017 at 03:32 PM.