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What Type of Tension Gauge Do I Need For My Sailboat?

One of the most common tools found in the sailboat user’s locker are tensions gauges. Good tension gauges allow you to accurately measure cable tension on the standing rigging of sailboats as well as architectural railings. Here at Loos & Co., Inc. Cableware Division, our tensions gauges offer ±5% accuracy in measuring cable tension and we have five different models available. Continue reading for an overview of our tension gauge products.

90 Model B:

The 90 Model B is the perfect gauge for 302/304 1x19 Stainless steel in appropriate sizes. The gauge is manufactured of anodized aluminum, meaning the gauge is corrosion resistant. The resistance to corrosion allows the tool to provide numerous years of service.

90 model b tension gauge

91 Model A:

The 90 Model A gauge is very similar in build to the Model A however it is intended for slightly different cable sizes. Model B should be used with 3/16”, 7/32”, ¼”, and 9/32” cable sizes while Model A is intended for 3/32”, 1/8”, and 5/32” cable sizes.

Tension Gauge

Professional Model PT-CR:

Our PT-CR Professional Model tension gauge is specifically designed to provide tension measurements in architectural cable railing systems. The gauge easily shows readings between 200 to 400 lbs. The PT-CR gauge is designed to measure cable tension in lbs. for 1x19 cables in 1/8”, 3/16”, and 1/4” sizes.

pt-cr tension gauge

Professional Models:

Our Professional Models refer to our PT-1, PT-2, and PT-3 gauges. These gauges have many uses, including setting the proper tension in standing rigging of sailboats and also for supporting cables in radio towers, large tents, and other structures. The gauges have a durable build that allow for many years of service in marine elements. The professional model gauges have increased durability and accuracy when compared to standard models. These models are also very easy to use.

professional models tension gauges

Rod Rigging Gauges:

Our Rod Rigging gauges measure tensions in rods from .172 to .375 inches in diameter. Our rod rigging gauges are corrosive resistant as a result of being manufactured from anodized aluminum. We offer four different variations of rod rigging gauges, RT-10, RT-11, RT-10M, and RT-11M. Each gauge type is compatible with different rod sizes.

rod rigging gauge

If you want to learn more about our highly accurate and reliable tensions gauges, check out our product page! You can find specific details on each of our tension gauges to ensure you choose the one best suited to your tension gauge needs! Alternatively, if you have any other questions, our team is happy to help! Reach out to us by email at sales@loosnaples.com or by phone at (239) 643-LOOS (5667).