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Replying to:Running back stays
Hi All, I have a mk 2rl24sk. It has an un tapered mast and runing back stays which are tensioned by a lever on each side of the boat. the shrouds and back stays all terminate at the same point on the mast so I can' see that there would be any bending affect on the mast. My father used to tension the windward back stay and leave the leeward one loose. This would help to take some of the load off the shroud and necessitates swapping levers as one tacks. my fear is that by leaving both tight I would not be able to let the main sheet go in the event of a strong gust as the boom and main sail would rest up against the leeward backstay. Is this the correct way to use the back stays? one day I intend to update the whole rig but at present the $$ are prohibitive. Thanks in advance for your advice. Michael Thorn.