Perhaps someone can provide an experienced view as to how much downhaul is too much. Keep in mind, I am sailing my H16, going fast, and loving it. But, I have never even seen someone else sailing an H16 (other than on video) nor do I have easy access to an experienced H16 sailor in person (I am working on this).
When I pull/set my downhaul, my mast bends very noticably and tends to then hook to one side or the other because of this downward force. Is this typical? Am I pressuring this too much? On one occassion, the shackle/clevis pin that attaches my main to my downhaul assembly suffered a significant bend in the little stopper pin which allowed the clevis/pin to rotate past the stopper bump and the main to break out and bend the whole shackle...(perhaps it was metal fatigue). I do not have a power dounhaul unit, but I have a 2 to 1 purchase through the downhaul ring and a cleat. I am also quite strong...could I be over-doing this? What should I be looking for when setting the downhaul, and outhaul for that matter?