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Old 11-11-2013
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Re: Near disasterous first sail

congrats on a good start! You are doing well better then many on the first time out.

suggestions; Get to know about your boat and rigging. Rigging is pretty much the same on boats your size unless it's cat rigged. (mast in the bow and no jib sail)
when you rig the boat with the mast and cables, the next thing to do is the running rigging. (all the lines for all the sails and sail handling) Practice raising and dropping sails before you go out there. even on the trailer if it's calm out. You will need sail track stop or pin in the track after the sail in in the track. the main sheet control should be slack when you raise the main. and also so the wind won't take the boat over when you are standing at the mast.
If you have a topping lift or boom back stay shackle holding the boom up it needs to be released when the sail is up.

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Last edited by deniseO30; 11-11-2013 at 10:32 PM.
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