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Backstay catches battens when tacking on RL24
I am having difficulty with my mainsail battens getting caught on the backstay when tacking.

I am seeking advice or a design for a stainless steel device to be mounted at the top of the mast whereby the back stay can be released and raised clear to allow the main to swing across. I have seen on other boats fibreglass struts that lift the backstay clear during a tack.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.



Peter Lynch2-Mar-2001    Edit    Delete 
Back Stay Fouling
The fellow I crew for has made a small strut out of aluminium which is fixed the mast tip and project horizontally towards the rear. This strut is made of 3/16 inch flat aluminium and is about 12 inches long and about 2 inches wide. The back stay is not attached to the mast but the tip of this strut. The back stay still fouls occassionally but very rarely but still allows the back stay to do its job. Its simple, cheap and effective and can be made by your basic handyman.
Steven Lymbery11-Mar-2001    Edit    Delete 

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