Well thanks to everyone for so many responses. Never need to hire an over priced professional again with all this great advice. Alchemy, the chain plates are in good order but were my first suspect yet could of course always use some more beefing up like you had done to yours. Cheechako, I've been sailing with her while the masts have been like this but like you mentioned I would need someone there to steer to get a really good idea of how much movement they have underway, I am sure however that they would never shake by hand before like they do now. Also the main line is attached to the mizzen mast so upon an sort of gybe the shake on both masts is evident. Skipper
John, the idea of measuring the center with a jib halyard
is genius! The rest of the advice will be put to use today and tomorrow and I will let you all know how it goes. I'm thinking I'm to tension all the upper shrouds first and for most before fiddling around with the lowers. Also I think I've been putting too many turns per adjustment, one and a half to two, where as I should be doing half turns per shroud
. I really thought this would be something I would have solved
by messing around for a few hours until perfect however it's turned out to be more challenging. The way I see it is that once I've done it I'll know how forever. Don't know how many people on this forum are from Sydney
but the prices here for slipways and specialists is ridiculous so all this help is appreciated. Nikos from Gwenn a Du.