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It is a really bad idea to compare the rigging on two completely different boats. You might want to contact the Columbia Owner's Association, and get the numbers from another Columbia 8.3 or one of the other users on this site might have those numbers. However, even that isn't a guarantee of the numbers being accurate... since your boat may have had its mast replaced at some point in its life.... and may have had the rigging replaced at that time.
I hope you marked the stays before adjusting them. If so, put them back, and sail the boat for a few weeks. If you notice a problem—excessive weather or lee helm, problems tacking, etc... then you might want to re-visit the rigging. If not... leave the rigging the way it is.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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