[Santana 22] rig tension tips

Jan Grygier hydrophilos at earthlink.net
Wed May 28 00:28:26 EDT 2014

Hi Silas,
I probably have them looser than anyone else in the fleet, on the theory 
that it makes for less stress on my (old) rig.  As long as the mast is 
straight side to side in all breezes and not inverted as Garth said, you 
will at least be in the ballpark - and given all that contradictory 
advice it may be a large one.

If your leewards are not somewhat slack in a breeze I'd worry about the 
loads, but that's just me.

Perhaps we can get our class rigger Steve Seal to opine???

Jan Grygier
Carlos, hull 320

On 5/27/2014 9:03 PM, Silas Boyd-Wickizer wrote:
> Thanks Garth!
> Do you have 3/16 on the lowers and 5/32 on the uppers?
> Silas
> On Tue, May 27, 2014 at 3:32 PM, Garth Copenhaver
> <lodrosangbo at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Silas,
>> Oreo goes with about 480 lbs on the uppers and 380lbs on the lowers for the summer breezes. These pounds relate to the pounds of tension prior to  loads. On the Loos B gauge this is 22 on the uppers and 18 on the lowers. For the NAs I went up to 25 on the uppers for the 25 knot plus breezes.
>> The lowers seem to always be slack when healing so I would not use that "heuristic" for the lowers. I find that a good rule is to make sure that you have some slight bend back in the mast and make sure you do not have inverted bend (bend forward).
>> Regards,
>> Garth
>> Garth Copenhaver
>> 415-450-0843
>> On May 27, 2014, at 2:31 PM, "Silas Boyd-Wickizer" <silasbw at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I'm tinkering with the shroud tension on dayspring.  I've read and
>>> heard contradictory advice on what good tension is for racing a
>>> Santana 22.  Can anyone share qualitative or quantitative tips that
>>> they use?  Is the heuristic "leeward shrouds shouldn't be slack when
>>> close hauled" a good one to use?  Does anyone know approximately how
>>> many pounds this corresponds to?
>>> Hope to see you all this Saturday,
>>> Silas
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