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#1 2023-08-08 11:48:01

From: NE coast of Scotland
Registered: 2020-10-27
Posts: 7

Rigging tension for a Victoria 800

I appreciate that when setting rig tension there is no precise standard figure. But with four sets of spreaders, two forestays and a back stay,  it would be helpful to have a starting point to work from. I have recently re-stepped the mast on my 1998 Victoria 800 and although I have put the turnbuckles back where they were, it doesn't feel quite right. I have spoke with Seldon and Allspars who supplied the mast and they simply direct me to use a rigger. Being in the N.E of Scotland Riggers are like pigeons water, so not and option. Can anyone help with some suggested figures?


#2 2023-08-08 21:24:22

Registered: 2004-03-23
Posts: 157

Re: Rigging tension for a Victoria 800

Since it is up and tensioned, I would:

Look at the rake:   Alter based on how the boat is sailing eg. weather helm.
Check top is upright - eg use a halyard and make sure it reaches to the same place on both sides of the deck.
Sight the mast to check straight and not S shaped (port to std).
Look at any pre-bend.   Difficult to not have any with the cutter, but you will be looking at maybe half a mast diameter.

Francesca (F26 cutter) is currently:
Backstay 12%
Check stays 17%
Aft inner  14%
Forward inner  15%
Cap 13%
Baby stay between 10 and 11%

Last edited by Jonathan_Hopper (2023-08-24 18:37:16)


#3 2024-05-09 22:49:42

From: Weymouth
Registered: 2016-11-22
Posts: 83

Re: Rigging tension for a Victoria 800

I am replacing the bowsprit on my V 800 cutter; rot got in but only spotted when I had a real go with sander prior to varnishing!  I marked the bobstay turnbuckle but that assumes it was correct in the first place.  It would be good to know what the tension should be if anyone can advise.

VICTORIA 800 Dulcibella


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