In my new to me 34ft cutter
rig boat I have twin backstays
to the masthead and running backstays
(whatever they are good for).
One of twin backstays
is equipped as Radio Antenna
with insulators - I am not using the antenna
I am planning to construct a Bimini
and the two backstays will intersect the top material.
I don't race
the boat, it's just for cruising around the coast - I have never felt it was necessary to tension the backstays, but that could be due to my inexperience.
My concern is - maybe some day I would like to tension the backstays. I see that the easiest way to do this would be to pull the stays towards each other - but maybe this would cause tension in the fabric
of the bimini
as the wires were pulled towards each other. Another option would be to have twin hydraulic tensioners.
my options as I see it:
1) don't worry about it.
2) put a single
backstay in - cavet: no rigging
guy in my area and I am reluctant to go up mast
due to my weight.
3)put twin hydraulic tensioners on the backstays.
All opinions are welcome -i'm still building my sailboat knowledge base.