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Old 10-10-2016, 22:00   #1
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Quasi back stay on a cat

OK Folks time to tell me if I am crazy. I need to replace the mast head fitting on my Lagoon 380 cat. At some time in the future I am considering adding both a radar arch/solar panel stand and SSB radio.
My question is this. Can / should I extend the aft section of the mast head fitting by approximately a foot and run an insulated "backstay" antenna to a location on the top centre of the radar arch?
Will the tension required on the antenna affect the standing rigging in a positive or negative way? Its not my intention for this to be anything other than the SSB antenna
The thoughts of the group are always appreciated

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Re: Quasi back stay on a cat

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Can / should I extend the aft section of the mast head fitting by approximately a foot and run an insulated "backstay" antenna to a location on the top centre of the radar arch?

Derick
Yes but you may need to trim the roach off your mainsail with a pair of scissors.

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You do know that it is not uncommon on a catamaran to have the SSB antenna as a section of one side stay, yes? Just partition off a section with insulators.
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