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The checkstays

3.   When we got the boat we were told - whatever you do don't pull on the checkstays. It was a bit like 'don't press the red button'. The danger is apparently that the checkstays being over-tensioned risks the mast inverting. The checkstays go to about half way up the mast (see the next photo) and are designed to keep the mast upright and the sail powerful.

The checkstays

Notice also the three to one purchase on the checkstay. If this is not to be used, then do we really need that amount of rope?

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