Rigging / Sailing Tips & Owners list

The photos below are to help you rig your boat for the season so that you can get the most enjoyment out of sailing her. If you have any questions, just call or email us. We offer a commissioning service - so if you would like us to rig your boat for you or if you need help launching, just give us a call. 

Rigging and Sailing Tips
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Running Rigging Diagrams

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(above & right) show where the lines should go.


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Mainsail halyards: starboard
Foresail halyards: port
Genoa reefing line: port
Staysail downhaul: starboard

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Correct lacing
Lace in 2 sections: boom to 1st reefing eye and 1st reefing eye to 2nd reefing eye. You needn't worry to lace the last little portion but can if you want to.
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Incorrect lacing
The lacing should always remain on the outside of the mast, not wrap around it. 

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Boom with outboard end fittings: (left to right)
1. Foot Outhaul: this is the lashing between the foot of the sail and the top end boom fitting. 
2. Double mainsheet block: shackled to bottom end boom fitting.
3. 2 Reefing lines tied with bowlines around boom, lead up to appropriate cringles on the leech of the sail and back through the appropriate turning block on the boom to the 2 cleats opposite each other on either side the boom. 
4. The lazy jack acts as a topping lift on a gaff rig. It is a continuous line, tied to the single horn cleat on the boom, going up through a shackle (aft of the single throat halyard block at the hounds fitting on the mast) and back down to the boom, where it is cleated off at the mid boom lazy jack single horn cleat. When moored, tighten the lazy jacks to lift the boom out of the way so you can have more head room in the cockpit.

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Reefing: Photo shows first reef tied in. 
All reefing is handled from the companionway step, a secure position to work from. Let the main out, drop the throat and peak halyards, loop the reefing point eye onto the horn at the gooseneck, lean back and tighten the reefing lines on the mid boom twin reefing horn cleats, hoist the halyards and pull in the main.
gaff jaw.jpg (64113 bytes) Gaff Jaw:
1. The throat of the sail is lashed with a 4 mm lacing line to the shank of the bolt behind the gaff jaw. This lacing should be tight to keep the sail close to the mast, as shown in top picture.
2. The throat halyard is looped around the same bolt that the throat is laced to. It should be looped both sides of the lashing in such a way as to prevent it sliding to one side of the bolt (to avoid the possibility of the gaff jaws hoisting off centre).
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throat halliard.jpg (62234 bytes) Gaff Lacing: 
This photo shows the gaff jaw, throat halyard, lacing of sail head to gaff and gaff span attachment.
gaff aft fittings.jpg (59298 bytes) Aft gaff section:
Showing the sail head attachment and gaff span attachment. As shown in the picture, always lace around the spars and not directly on to the saddles. This is very secure and thus, the preferred method.

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Gaff Span and Peak Halyard:
1. The gaff span should be tied as tightly as possible to the gaff with the block running freely on the span. 
2. The peak halyard is tied to this block with a simple figure of 8 knot.

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Gaff span, peak and throat halyard and lazy jack fittings to mast
Hoist the sail by pulling the peak and throat halyards simultaneously to lift both the peak and throat of the sail. Once the throat halyard is tight, pull the peak halyard the rest of the way up and secure. 
When sailing off the wind you can loosen the peak halyard to full the sail (a good sail shape  should have no crinkles in the sail) When close hauled you can tweak the mainsail for extra performance by cranking in on the throat and peak halyards.
kicker.jpg (62945 bytes) Gooseneck and kicker:
Tightening the kicker gives the main better off wind performance. 
gooseneck fittings.jpg (62829 bytes) Close up of gooseneck fittings:  
As the boom attaches to the gooseneck on the stainless steel tabernacle as apposed to the mast, it is extremely strong and less vulnerable when gibing.

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