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Old 16-05-2012, 20:05   #1
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Is backstay misaligned, bent and/or something to worry about

Looking at a boat last week and took this snap and after looking at it zoomed I realized the backstay and swage seem to have a bend or kink as it goes into the fitting at the top of the mast. Is it me or is this messed up? You'll have to zoom in to see it well.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/phot...eat=directlink

Blown up/Zoomed in

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Old 16-05-2012, 20:19   #2
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Re: Is backstay misaligned, bent and/or something to worry about

It looks like the main halyard is pushing it sideways slightly. My guess on the scenario is..... The owner released all backstay tension when "parking" ( as he should). The main halyard is pulled athwarthships, for what ever reason, and is affecting the slackened and intentionally sagged back stay.

Another option is simple parallax error.

Or. Its bent
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Re: Is backstay misaligned, bent and/or something to worry about

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It looks like the main halyard is pushing it sideways slightly. My guess on the scenario is..... The owner released all backstay tension when "parking" ( as he should). The main halyard is pulled athwarthships, for what ever reason, and is affecting the slackened and intentionally sagged back stay.

Another option is simple parallax error.

Or. Its bent
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seems plausible. I'm not at the boat and don't recall if the backstay was that loose, maybe other photos of the s/v will show me that?
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Re: Is backstay misaligned, bent and/or something to worry about

Or just replace the stay for a small amount of money if you intend to purchase the boat.......
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Re: Is backstay misaligned, bent and/or something to worry about

My guess is incorrectly swaged and never noticed. If you swage one way only at full compression it causes the tube to bend. You should go half one way and then rotate the swage and full pressure the other way.
Send the photo to a Rigger for his opinion...
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Re: Is backstay misaligned, bent and/or something to worry about

Looks like it is slightly bent from the swage...
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