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    Posted: 28 Jul 2013 at 9:58pm
What's the wisdom among Co32 owners as to the tension of standing rigging?  I'm inclined to call my lowers (especially the aft lowers) a bit too slack, yet I'm hesitant to start cranking them tighter;  it may be that the boat doesn't well tolerate a really taut standing rig.  Better cautious than sorry.  OTOH, if it really is too slack then that's a lot of wear and tear also...

My after lowers are visibly swaying on the lee side in 12-15kts.  To me this is "loosey goosey" and demands attention, but I've spent time on modern racing sloops (downwind sleds, fin keel buoy racers etc) which are often tuned a bit tighter than is good for 'em.

Any comments on lowers, backstay etc?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote moongirl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2013 at 1:45pm
Have a look @ Ian Brown's Guide to Tuning (under Technical Papers I think) 

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My rigging has always gone a little slack on the leeward side when beating to windward, not a problem IMO but perhaps get a rigger to look at it.
 
The lower's control the amount of pre-bend and total bend in the mast, you should find the aft lowers will tighten up as you apply more backstay and the middle of the mast moved forward.  In theory your mailsail should be cut to make use of this adjustment so as you wind on the backstay in stronger winds the forestay sag is reduced and the draft in the main is reduced, both lead to better pointing and less heeling.
 
At least that's the way I think it all works :-)   As Colin suggests the Ian Brown guide is worth a read.


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My backstay isn't even adjustable :-)  Tazling (ex-Swack, possibly ex-Achilles) was a long-haul cruiser, not a racer.  I will read the guide as recommended.  Standing rigging has always been "scary voodoo" to me on high-tension SS rigs (not so much on gaffers and other lower-tech boats where it's closer to commonsense).
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I attempted to access the Technical Papers, but I'm a bit confused... the webserver presented me with a login dialogue box, and when I used what I thought was my current user id and password, they were rejected.  Is the main site separate from the forum, with different access requirements?  Must I be a paid-up member of the Class Association to see the tech papers?
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There was a problem with the log in a few days ago. I am a paid up Member! Webmaster told me that if someone was on line when Microsoft did one of its updates the Server was screwed! I always have problems in the Office for the same reason.
Try again and it should work.

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Webmaster kindly assisted me in getting logged in -- many thanks!
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