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Post: "Running Backstays For The Staysail?"

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Brian Duff

Norm,
Take a look at my website. One of the first statements is that a boat should be safe enough to work all around the deck, and that this is the best way to learn about your boat and sailing.

That said, runners consiting of 4:1 tackles are dangerous and expensive, often casuing damage to sails, booms, and people. If used on a winch the cam cleat becomes nearly impossible to uncleat loaded.

There are better ways, as shown by what is used on most offshore cruisers and racers. In this case as others, cheaper can be better.

Have you ever tried to lift a man aboard with a runner tackle?


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