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AndyS View Drop Down

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    Posted: 23 March 2020 at 14:49
Given the unprecedented situation in the world right now, I thought I would post my latest addition to Moonraker and see if anyone has experience with it. We (or actually our very talented rigger) put a hydraulic backstay adjuster on last week and I am excited to use it this summer. I never adjusted the backstay before since the hardware seemed less than ideal and I was worried about having issues with it. Now it is very easy to put a little extra tension on the backstay, and I am sure that will be useful. He set the tension on the adjuster so that even if it fails, there will still be plenty of tension to support the mast and other rigging. As part of the install he attached a new Harken black magic teardrop block (75mm) to the backstay and this hydraulic adjuster. The rig is very simple now since there is only one block and the adjuster, which works with an arm that is pumped back and forth. I think it is a very safe set-up compared to what was on before. My question is: what are your tips for adjusting the backstay and when do you do it? Have you found that it makes a big difference. BTW: my rigger says he has found these Harken units to be very reliable and should go about 8-10 years before needing a repair. That is his experience. Picture attached. 
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It has been a common problem with the awkward position of the fiddle block with cam cleat at the end of the backstay. Also on my H400. A decade ago I chose the cheap solution, and raised the block 30 centimeters, so it became possible to work with it.

Freya H400 #27 (2006), 40HP 3JH4E, 2-cabin, 3-blade Flexofold, Aries LiftUp Windvane, Exturn 300, Jefa DD1,Simrad NX40,Icom M603(VHF)+M802(SSB)
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