in fact, you should adjust the tension on all halyards according to the wind conditions. The best way is to have a look at the luff (of each sail) when it is fully out and under load. If you see horizontal wrinkles, this means the tension is too low. Ease the sheet, tension the halyard a bit and see if your wrinkles are still there.
The goal is to have a sail with no wrinkles at the luff.
Of course, if your last setting was done with 15 knots of wind, and the wind comes up to twenty, then you have to tension the halyard again. If the wind slows down, you should ease the halyards, otherwise, you will see a big vertical wrinkle that will prevent the sail from getting a good shape and a good and easy air flow.
You can put a lot of tension on the halyards, this will never bend the mast.
Back in the harbor or at anchorage, you MUST release the tensions on all halyards (whatever the sails and halyards material). Otherwise your sails will get out of shape too early.
The sails made of Dyneema fibers (like HYDRANET cloth) require Dyneema or Vectran core halyards. This combination requires more attention to halyard setting than Dacron sails with polyester halyards.
Have good sailings!
On Tuesday, January 19, 2016 5:00 PM, "danielmfrey63@... [amelyachtowners]" wrote:
May I ask how it is with the halyards of the main mast and the mizzen: how much tension is best there? As much as possible just like the jib halyard? Or are the masts bending at some point, what probably is not very good?
In an old Maramu manual AMEL recommends to release the halyards of the jib and the main, if the boat is not used for a certain time. Is this recommendation still good, or not necessary any more with new materials?
Thank you for your answer in advance.
AMEL Santorin No. 64 (1992)
Kuşadası (Setur Marina), Turkey