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Don''t know if this message is still being watched, but just a couple of suggestions on handling the gaff rigging.
First, always try to raise or lower the gaff with the forked part nearest the mast -- the Throat, level with the part furthest from the mast -- the Peak being level. Or, you can have the Peak (back) a little higher than the Throat (front). But never let the Peak get lower than the Throat. When raised fully, of course, the peak will be much higher than the throat.
Second, be aware that with the added weight of the gaff way up high, be sure to turn into the wind when raising or lowering sails. Otherwise, if the wind catches the sail it will fling the gaff pretty far to one side or the other, and if your boat has lazy-jacks (nets on the sides of the sail that catch it when you lower it) the gaff will almost always get caught in the lazy-jack''s ropes.