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Helms 24 tuning

Hey everyone. I've got a '82 Helms 24 in need of tuning. I was wondering if anyone had a tuning guide. My pointing ability is terrible on starboard tack and better on port, so I am thinking the mast is not straight.
I'd also appreciate any tuning tips anyone might have.

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Dan:

I have a Helms 25 which is a deck mounted mast. Is the 24 a keel mounted or deck mounted mast? I bought my Helms 25 used and never had a tuning manual. I bought Brian Toss's rig tuning DVD and it was very helpful for a beginner like me. He also has a web site you can Google and ask questions there.
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It's a deck mounted mast. I probably should just walk the dock and take some measurements, there are 6-7 other Helms 24 at the club. I am just leary of making adjustments without knowing tolerances I guess.
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Dan:

I'd have to review the DVD again, but a good start would be 10% of breaking strength for the lower shrouds and up to 15% of breaking strength for the upper shrouds and jibstay. A Loos professional gauge is worth the investment and tells you the breaking strength for different size wire.
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Hmmm, thinking that mast isn't straight? So how do your halyards hang Chief? Start there, I've seen a host of mast wedgies made for Helms 25'er's fitted inside the mast step at the foot, I just haven't paid a lot of attn. to the 24's, yet... I've got running back stays (you probably don't) so I kind of know mine is bent, when I tell it to be so. Anyway see how it's hanging fore & aft as well as athwartship.
My Helms is a 76 and my Starboard everything is longer/bigger..meaning the hull isn't exactly symetrical, go figure, eh? And on a boat where nothing is plumb either. That may explain your pointing differential...
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