I like the idea that if any stay, turnbuckle, or chainplate fails, the mast
would stay even with sails
up. This might not be entirely possible, but there are ways to increase the odds. I currently have a very standard rig of 1 forestay, 1 backstay, 2 uppers and 4 lowers. I have the following ideas for improvement:
1. Install U bolt behind forward chainplate. This must be well reinforced to the hull
, and would allow the bottom of sails
to attach here. This way if the chainplate fails (from ramming something maybe) it would have a backup. If the forestay or turnbuckle fails the halyard
is backup (already the case). Is there a better solution to this?
2. Install two backstays
. I have read about this a bit.. the basic disadvantages are, extra windage, weight, and cost as well as being harder to tune the rig. The advantage is redundancy since if one fails, the mast
likely stays up (although might be loose). Are there any other real disadvantages? Anyone have a rig like this and tune it? Should the stays be placed as wide as possible, or would it be best to space them close so when one breaks you don't loose too much tension?
As for the shrouds.. loosing a lower should be ok, but the uppers are not redundant.. any way to improve this?