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how tight is your rigging?
I recently inspected and tuned my rigging. chain plates and fittings are all good. But the tension was quite loose, some shrouds were ~7% of breaking load and they were slack when they were leeward on all but the light days.
Im not a hardcore racer but I do race a few times a year. I went with 13% all around, the mast is straight, in column, and the rake is right. On a test sail in 15 knts the helm was well balanced, I could point higher, and the shrouds did not go slack. So it all seems good.
But the increase in tension was enough that a cabin door is sticking. So I'm wondering did I simply put in too much tension? or should I leave it as is and plane the door to fit? 13% does not seem extreme, and I know that some racers crank it up to 20% but maybe 10% is more reasonable for my boat?
1977 Bristol 29.9
Last edited by bristol299bob; 06-08-2019 at 05:23 PM.