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I am getting ready to rebed the bobstay including replacing the backing block on my tall rig, Catalina 27. Looking for advice on where/how to loosen up the rig. My instincts tell me to loosen up the the backstay (I have a rolling furler on the headstay) to take pressure off the bobstay/bowspirit before I loosen the bobstay.

I am however, concerned about messing up the roller furling and having one of the major rig elements loosened. If I loosen up the backstay I am planning on using a spinnaker halyard to act as a temporary forestay.

Keep in mind that the Cat 27 has forward and aft lowers so there is some support but that still makes me nervous. Any advice or thoughts?

I will likely cross-post this on a Catalina 27 specific mailing list, just FYI.

Thanks in advance

Josh
 

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Your spin halyard is cleated at the bottom of the mast correct? Are you disconnecting your forestay?

If you are only loosening the backstay then you shouldn't have an issue if your spin halyard is attached to pull your rig forward a little. Just make sure that your halyard is in good shape and well secured.

I'm not sure how you would mess up your furler. Are you worried about the foil? If so it can take quite a bit of bending.
 

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The lowers on my boat hold the mast fine . Sounds like your going in the right direction . I agree with just loosen the back stay, if you can. I have to loosen back and front as much as I can and then remove the back . I go threw this about every 4yrs. because my yard needs me to remove my back stay before they can lift the boat .
 

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It took about 6 hours but the bobstay is rebed. The difficult part was drilling the holes in the backing block at the correct angle to alight with the bobstay stem, backing plate. I bought the new plastic wedge-shaped backing block from Catalina Direct.

The original wooden backing block was partially soft/rotted. I discovered the anchor locker drain as the source of a small leak that was dripping onto the wooden block. I would encourage other Catalina tall rig owners to check their bobstay backing blocks. The new plastic block should prevent that problem from reoccurring. All of the hardware looked in good shape so I reinstalled it.

Will try to post pictures soon.

Josh
 
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