Author Topic: Pearson 323 Rig Tension using a Loos Gauge  (Read 3576 times)

Stuart Farrell

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Pearson 323 Rig Tension using a Loos Gauge
« on: February 08, 2023, 10:51:13 PM »
I am in the process of re-tuning my Pearson 323 (1978 Boat #150) and I'll be using a Loos Gauge to check the rig tension. . I was wondering if anyone had some Loos Gauge numbers that I can use for a reference?

I know from reading some previous posts that the suggested starting point would be about 10% of the breaking strength of the I figured about 960lbs  for the backstay/forestay and uppers. And, about 750lbs  for the lowers?

Any input would really be appreciated!  Thanks!



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Re: Pearson 323 Rig Tension using a Loos Gauge
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2023, 12:51:43 AM »
Those numbers are similar to what I’ve been using.   The original settings when I bought the boat were so low that the downwind shrouds would flop around loosely!

However, when tuned up properly, I started experiencing mast “pumping” in a fore-aft direction whenever there was significant wind abeam of the boat. This usually only happens when tied up in a slip, although I have experienced it when motoring in a crosswind.

I’d be interested in hearing if you have anything similar happen.
@(^.^)@  Ed
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with rebuilt Atomic-4