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post #19 of Old 06-07-2008
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
Backstay tension is something that only really affects fractional rig boats.
Not strictly true. As it applies to the main: Yes. But backstay tension affects the forestay tension on a masthead-rigged boat, allowing you to adjust the headsail's depth. (We have a backstay tensioner on our masthead-rigged boat.)

Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
However, it does help flatten the mainsail and headsail considerably.
It's my understanding backstay tension has little-to-no effect on the main on a masthead rig.

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