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Dan Diego 07-15-2013 03:47 PM

Santana 21
I am a novice sailor with an Santana 21 trailer sailor. I did not see anything current threads referencing the boat until now. I am learning more with every weekend I spend on the water. I may be able to offer helpful advise to other noobs. I would also welcome advise. Currently I am trying to figure out how to set up the standing rigging with regards to shroud tension. I understand there is a hand held device that can measure the tension of the shrouds but the ideal settings are specific to the boat. Short of finding the factory recommendations of a 1971 Santana 21, is there some general guidelines that I could use to make sure I am not too tight or too loose on the shroud tensions?

Thanks in advance,

fairwinds 09-05-2013 01:18 PM

Re: Santana 21
I used to own a 1973 Santana 21. Unfortunately, not many sailing opportunities here in Indiana so I sold it a couple of years ago. I still have a pdf copy of the owner's manual. It includes directions/guidelines for tuning the rigging. I can't seem to upload it to this post, but if you reply with an email address, I will be happy to email it to you.


jimgo 09-05-2013 01:50 PM

Re: Santana 21
Some good threads on standing rigging:

Faster 09-05-2013 04:12 PM

Re: Santana 21
Many sailmakers offer 'tuning guides' for recognized designs.. perhaps there's one available for your boat.

The tool you refer to for measuring and setting rig tension is called, ironically, a "Loos gauge".

Dan Diego 09-05-2013 09:08 PM

Re: Santana 21
Thanks Jay. I am grateful for your help. You can email me at ranchersd at gmail dot com

best regards,

Storz 02-10-2014 09:12 AM

Re: Santana 21
Crewed a few times on a Santana 25, they make a great boat.

BlueWaterBlueSkies 03-09-2014 03:22 PM

Re: Santana 21
I'm new to sailing as well, I have done some bay sailing in a Santana but never ventured outside of the bay, how would a Santana 22 do along the California coast?

34crealock 03-18-2014 02:53 PM

Re: Santana 21
Great boat. I had one in 1976 and enjoyed it greatly. I snapped the rudder in half in 30 knot winds. The rudder had some dry rot so I made a new one out of mahogany and fiber glassed it over. I designed the new rudder to extend slightly forward of the transom ( when deployed). It took a load off the tiller when the wind piped up. :)

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