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Old 23-05-2010, 12:12   #16
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I was also under the impression that most rig failures are forestays, followed by cap shrouds.

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My problem with dual, non-running backstays is the increased probability of failure.

Single backstay: 2 end fittings, 1 turnbuckle, 1 piece of wire, 1 adjustment

Dual backstay: 6 end fittings, 2 turnbuckles, 1 fishplate, 3 pieces of wire, 3 sets of bolts and nuts for the plate, 2 adjustments

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Originally Posted by barnakiel View Post
Now define the purpose. If getting extra safety margin then no. If allowing for tiller/boom/etc then yes.

Then again I have never seen a single backstay fail either. So the extra safety thing is much hype.

I like by doubles though - very easy to hang things there (e.g. solars) and very easy to tension - just a tackle, not an expensive and failure prone hydraulics.


The purpose is to move the tension towards one corner or the other, only really noticeable on racing.

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backstays, running backstays

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