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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2004 8:26 pm 
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I just bought a 1981 hobie 16, the shrouds seem pretty loose, all other sailboats I've sailed had pretty tight shrouds is this normal?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2004 4:50 am 
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Shroud tension is set with the jib halyard. Some people like loose rigs, some like tight. I've always had a "semi-loose" rig, which allows the mast to rake a little forward going downwind.

If the rig's too tight, then the mast will want to rotate preferentially to one side, typically the side with the jib halyard cleat. No matter how tight you think you have the rig, though, the leeward shroud will always be slack when sailing upwind.

If the rig is too loose, you run the risk of the mast coming out of the step in a capsize - a very bad thing.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:00 pm 
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In a static position (just rigged, facing into the wind) both shrouds should have at least some tension to them- they'll pull and appear loose (leeward shroud) when sailing. Too loose a rig, and you risk dropping the mast.- Dave


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