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My backstay is a bit loose even when I crank the turnbuckle to the full extent. Nonetheless, from the side, the mast appears to be pretty plumb but I donít trust that the forestay turnbuckle is tight enough, and it may need some more turns. Getting at it is the problem.
I have a Hood furler drum and foil mounted on the forestay so the furler completely covers the turnbuckle. I havenít yet bent on my jib sail so the assembly is relatively moveable. I tried to lift the entire furler assembly up the forestay so the turnbuckle would be accessible, however, it goes up a certain distance and then stops. The top of the foil hits the end of the cable.
I can see the turnbuckle up inside the drum with a flashlight, and there are two cotter pins holding the threaded sections in place. I need to remove the cotter pins to turn the turnbuckle, but I really cannot reach them with my regular wire cutters or a needle-nosed pliers. Also, I need to hold the top threaded rod to prevent unwrapping the forestay wire.
Has anyone else had to wrestle with this problem, and what was your approach?
Bruce, If I remember there is a split plastic retainer that you have to remove . It is located above the drum and when you remove it you will be able to slide the drum assembly up and over the extrusion exposing the turnbuckle. It is split so there are two halves. It is black plastic and might be held by a screw. Remove the screw and then slide the two plastic retainers up and out of the tube. found this video that shows the plastic retainer. Yours might be somewhat different but I remember we stumbled on this split retainer and it was a "oh that's how" moment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wGJ-vBePRw
Scott-"IMPULSE"87'C25/SR/WK/Din.#5688 Sailing out of Glen Cove,L.I Sound
That did the trick! The split clip that holds the drum to the foil is removable with one 1/2Ē bolt. Once I got the locktight unjammed, the pieces came right out. I was able to completely lift the drum up and over the forestay turnbuckle, loosen the backstay and adjust the two against each other. Afterwards I readjusted the lower shrouds to make sure the mast was in-column and plumb.The upper shrouds were nice and tight, but not overtightened. Everything got ample lube in the furler and the stainless steel wires all look clean - no rust and no meathooks.
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