I was planning on starting a new thread altogether regarding halyard
tension (and still may), but at least on the code zero
, will ask here.
How much tension is enough?
I've read all kinds of stuff like "crank with all your strength it until you can't go further", or "crank it like you think it's too much, and then go a bit more"..
...but I'm looking for something a little bit more scientific. I have size 50 winches on the cabintop for halyards, so halyard
tension in pounds so I can work out a ratio or something that can be observed?
The problem is that I am something like a 900 pound gorilla and when somebody tells me that I should crank something as hard as I can - because "there's no way you can break it" - I usually break it. I have broken so much hardware
, ruined so many threads and sheared off so many bolts this way, it's not funny
. I don't want to add my mast to the list.
Please, no comments like "if you can break it yourself, then it's not seaworthy", or "the wind
will be stronger" blah blah..
Is there a table somewhere for various halyards/sizes?