Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Southeastern Indiana
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We have been given an older Snipe racing dinghy, circa 1974. It is in good shape and was obviously raced quite a bit at some point in its history. This boat has all sorts of fine tuning hardware for the rigging and we have had fun figuring out what everything does.
One thing that has me completely baffled though is how to tighten the forestay. There is a bracket at the bow that has 6 or 8 holes in it where you can hook the forestay. Even on the very lowest hole the forstay is still slack. There is no adjustment on the top of the mast and tightening the shrouds only helps partially. The only way to get the forestay tight is to rake the mast pretty far aft, and this doesn't seem like the right answer.
Under the deck there are a couple of rods that attach to a bracket on the back side of the mast. These allow you to adjust the mast fore and aft, port and starboard. A friend of mine thinks that since this system is supporting the mast the forestay doesn't have to be all that tight. This doesn't seem right to me.
I found a tuning guide on the internet but it was obviously written for someone who already knows quite a bit about sailing (not me).
So is there anyone out there who can shed some light on this for me? Thanks