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BlueChicago

Lazy Checkstay too Lazy

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My new-to-me boat has a bendy mast with both running backstays and checkstays. The running backstay and checkstay converge together to a single block and tackle. The checkstay is a braided line of some sort. The running backstay is a rubber coated line of some sort, and not nearly as flexible.

I do know that the when tacking, whole block and tackle was detached from the working attachment point and moved forward amid the mast to a jib track truck with a padeye, pulled taught, and cleated secure. When I attempt this, the lazy running backstay is taught, but the checkstay is left loose. 

I'm missing a step in the process.

Hoping for a clue what I am missing.

Thanks

-BC

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Never seen the block taken forward...the line is just eased leeward the boom and sail. I suppose one could take the lines forward....but the block too? Sometimes taken forward for hoisting the main when shorthanded so to not foul the headboard or batten ends. The geometry is such that the checkstay is slack when the running back is tightened forward. So that is normal.

The running back is sometimes covered so to not abrade the mainsail. Why the checks tend not to be covered is a mystery to me. Maybe because they are so slack.

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Because they attach lower on the mast checks will always get lots of slack when you pull the runner/check combo forward. Usually never an issue, unless there is something close by they can get caught on. One a loooong tack, you can secure the check with some small stuff, just don't kink it.

Your runner is some flavor of unidirectional fibers covered in shrink tubing. Your checks sound like spectra.

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