Many thanks for the replies, Gentlemen. Things are clearer now on both questions I asked. Just to clarify one point. When I tighten the kicker and the mast bends forward and contacts the deck, will any additional tightening of the kicker then cause the mast to further bend above the deck? Or is hitting the deck, the stop which prevents any further bending? Just so I’m clearer on what will be happening. I’m the only Wayfarer in the “Village/Boat Club”, you see!!! Regards Dave Doran.