This forum has been a great source of info. Here is my dilema.
I am looking for advice on sizing the backstay on our Beneteau
First 42 (1984). It is a sloop
rigged masthead jib
with double spreaders. We are re rigging
and the suppliers here are hesitant to supply or source out the 1/2" wire and swages to replace the backstay. The backstay is adjustable. Their recomendation is that 3/8" 316 wire will suffice as the forestay (furling 153 jib) and the inner forestay (non furling
staysail) caps and lowers are all 3/8" wire. The intermaediates are 5/16". The rigg is done using swage fittings all around. do I really need to have a 1/2" backstay any advice or direction to advice would be appreciated, Thanks