Since installing my new Hood
Seafurl 5 furler
in the Spring, the mid-section swings from left to right and vice versa in say a 5 knot wind
, with the sail furled, when the backstay is not tightened, e.g. at the dock
or at anchor
. I'd say the movement at the mid-section is about 1' each side of the true vertical. I don't see other boats at the dock
displaying this behaviour.
Did I not tighten up the forestay enough when I installed the furler
? It's OK when I'm sailing and tighten up the backstay.
I'm suspecting I didn't tighten up the forestay enough because I now have limited thread on my backstay adjuster
. However, I did rake the mast
back a "bit" when I replaced the aging blocks of wood with plastic in the mast
foot holder which sits on the keel
. This could account for the lack of thread to some extent.
If I tighten up the forestay too much, I'm going to run out of adjustment thread on the forestay turnbuckle. Then I'd have to remove the Sta-Lok and move it further up the forestay wire. A task that would be difficult with the mast stepped !
I used to leave my backstay "loose" when I left the boat for any length of time, e.g. a week, as I understood this was better than keeping a strain on it all the time. Now I'm not sure. In the meantime, I have pulled the forestay sheets
tight on both the port and starboard sides. This moderates the "swinging" of the forestay.
Lots of variables and constraints with this situation !
Any suggestions/comments ?