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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:06 pm 
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I was wondering when storing your boat mast up, is it better to leave the rig tension loose or re-tighten it for longevity of the shrouds/sidestays?

Seems to me that if you re-tension it, it prevents the mast from flopping around and fatiguing the sidestays, but if you leave it loose then the sidestays aren't under a load. So I'm not sure which one is better. Thoughts?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:43 am 
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You're right re preventing the mast from flopping around. In really extreme stuff, they'll even dismast if you don't. For lighter stuff and shorter term, you can hook the jib blocks to the chainplate at the bridle and use the jib sheet to tension the rig. Or, you can run a line underneath the tramp from shroud to shroud to pull them tight.A friend of mine rigged a set up like this using a block which he shackles to one adjuster, ties the line at the opposite side, thru the block and back. Hope this helps! Dave


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:38 am 
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turbofan wrote:
you can hook the jib blocks to the chainplate at the bridle and use the jib sheet to tension the rig


I do this all the time, every time. During a blow at our club, the loose rigs will flop like crazy, sometimes so violently I believe they'd flip if they weren't tied down. This shock loads the shrouds , hulls, etc. Better to have constant load on the stays....they handle much more load under sail.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:39 pm 
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Attach the jib halyard to Forestay chainplate , and tension the halyard like you would if you were hoisting jib.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:56 pm 
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Make sure to tie the boat down securely.
I stored my H16 mast up with a baby bob on a trailer for a number of years and tied it down with no issues until two years ago in a storm here in the UK the tether tie down came loose and to my astonishment the boat with trailer tipped over and holed a hull on a tie down post.

If one thinks about it the mast alone has a fair bit of surface area presented to the wind even without the bob on the top.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:01 pm 
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My 16 has blown over before with a bare mast (Hurricane Matthew I think). Down in the OBX all of the regulars drop the masts when storms are coming.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:27 pm 
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I use a long bungee hooked onto each shroud about 3-4 feet above the rail and threaded under the back cleat (down haul cleat) on the mast. It keeps everything tight but there is a bit of give if needed.


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