Join Date: Oct 2007
Thanked 68 Times in 59 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Dynamic tuning of rig
DougSeabag mentioned that a major lesson he learned from his last boat was the importance of dynamic tuning of the rig.
Welcome back Doug
"2. Tune your rig. :-) What I had no knowledge of was that it HAS to be "dynamically tuned". When we stepped our main mast about 10 months before we headed East, without having dynamically tuned it after that, in effect, I did a lot more damage to our boat than if I hadn't stepped it at all.
We had 2 completely different rigger "companies" providing our out and in needs, but neither one mentioned the need to dynamically tune the rig.
One rigger was from West Marine, and the other was the best one in Fort Lauderdale: Nance & Underwood. Both had / have decades of experience and seemed to know their stuff. Which I still don't question; but, perhaps I didn't ask the right question, or something, but now I know, and am therefore sharing the mantra: Dynamically tune your rig."
The way I understand it dynamic tuning is done under sail in varying conditions. If so at $100 per hour this could easily cost one or two thousand dollars. I believe most sailors even racers do their own dynamic tuning.
Doug I would like to hear from you on this subject. Specifically why you now see this as so important and if you believe you could have done it yourself or would you get professional help?
Who dynamically tunes their rig? How do they do it and how important is it?