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Old 21-12-2014, 20:04   #1
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Rigging tensions

I hsve a 36 foot Allied Princess and would like to get the recommended tensions for stays and shrouds.

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Old 21-12-2014, 20:18   #2
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Re: Rigging tensions

Tight enough to get the job done, and no more. Seriously. That is what my rigger told me. I doubt there are actual numbers available. I've used the various tension gages before. Seemed useless. You want a certain alignment and the lee shrouds not banging around. Doesn't have much to do with static tension.
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http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=1441
Being a Ketch rigged boat start with everything a bit loose, adjust the rake of the main mast. Then tension shrouds to 10% or their rated breaking strength with a tension gauge, by wire size.
Work the forestay then the back stays then the main caps then the intermediates.
Then the Mizzen the same minus the forestay and back trays there are none, finally the triac is just brought to bear tension.
Don't forget to tighten the Bobstay while the main fore stay is tensioned.
Then after all of that sail it in 15 to 20 kts of wind and look up the mast track for straightness of the track.
And look at the cap shrouds on the heeling side of a tack, and if a it loose just turn enough to take the slack out.
Same on the other tack.
For the mizzen it's similar, I adjust with the foresail and mizzen, on a tack, no main.


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Re: Rigging tensions

On their website, Selden makes available for download a very worthwhile manual that might help even if you don't have a Selden mast.

http://www.seldenmast.com/files/1416.../595-540-E.pdf

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Thanks to all and the pm's also.

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