Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

Friction prevents lashings from matching the mechanical advantage of a traditional cascade system. Because of this friction, tensioning the lashing can require some creative measures, like using winches or block and tackle.

Some Simple Tricks to Tensioning Lashings

We’ve seen both turnbuckles and lashing, on matching boats nearly side by side. Why the difference in approach, since both designers are obviously comfortable with synthetic standing rigging?

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