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    Posted: 28 February 2021 at 3:49pm
Considering moving to synthetic backstay....Does anyone know the length of the original wire backstay?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mad Max Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 March 2021 at 10:10pm
Hi Ron
My backstay measures 35' 2".  You'll need to splice a small section of cable (12 to 18 inches) to attach the line to the mainsail.  When running downwind with the main out the line would be laying against the masthead where it feeds into the shive and and would get sliced otherwise.  I got rid of my cable halyard years ago.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mad Max Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 March 2021 at 11:11pm
Ron sorry for confusion.  The back stay is 35' 2", But I also switched out the main halyard at the same time. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ron Waterson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 March 2021 at 11:33am
Thanks for the info and the clarification.  

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Foghorn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 March 2021 at 12:34pm
I didnít like a dyneema backstay for one reason, I found it harder to flick the backstay while gybing in lighter winds.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ron Waterson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 March 2021 at 3:22pm
Yeah...that makes sense.  Wire is likely more rigid.  I think I'm committed to the to dyneema though.  I'm happy to lose the weight, and I think the wear on my new mainsail leech is likely to be less with synthetic.  We'll see.

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Anyone use a backstay whip?
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