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Few Albacore questions

Hello all....brand new to sailing, and recently picked up an old Albacore for nothing.

Seems to be all there, save for a few sheets I bought...and she'll need a little glass work, no biggie.

One thing I cant wrap my head around, is rigging the boom.....the guy showed me how to do the mainsheet setup, but mostly, the connections where the boom meets the mast, has me stumped a little.

What I have (pics can be taken) is an aluminum mast, with a groove in it...sail slides into that, I got that much...same with the the rope that's at the clew of the sail, should that just tie off at the rear of the boom?? or should that go back to a cleat, or a cam cleat or something??

There's also a BIGGER cutout in the mast, which so happens to perfectly fit the piece on the end of the boom...Hmmm....must slide in there, right?? LOL

Next, the tack of the sail, there's a grommet (insert proper term)...LOL.
now on my boom, there's a pin, that doesnt fully come out, it has like half a pin sticking out, that when inserted into it's slot, and rotated, it locks in place......problem is, is the grommet will NOT fit into this pin there's some sail that's not fully in it's track on the boom one inch or so...I"m thinking a rope goes through here, and ties to a cleat also...(cunningham??)....

I had the boat setup in the yard last night, and without the battens in the sail, the leech of the sail was pretty sad looking....folded over, and generally not very healthy looking...this can be seen in the pic I have....sails seem clean, and in good shape in my untrained eyes....

I'll try to get some better pics of the gooseneck area that I'm having questions with, all set up....

Oh, and how high off the deck should the boom be??

I'm going to the library Thursday, and renting every sailing book they have so, please, excuse my non sailing terminology...

Anybody near the chicago area??

Sail numbers on the sails are 5227, if anybody knows the year.....

Anyhow...thanks for reading, sorry for the headaches I may have caused..LOL
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