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For a basic starting position, imagine a line from the mid-luff, through the clew to the deck.



Set the car as shown and then go sailing. Once close hauled, head up until your telltales start to stall. They should all stall at the same time. If the upper telltales stall first, try moving a hole forward, if the lowers, move back. Play around with this until your telltales break evenly and together.

That's for starters... in heavier air you may want to move the cars back to twist off some sail for reduced heeling and main backwinding... when moving to close and beam reaching conditions you will probably want to move the cars forward to reduce twist and get the telltales to break evenly once again.

It's not for nothing that serious race boats have jib car adjustability 'on the fly'! ;)
 

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Kudos to Faster - good overview. One addition, remember that with a furling jib you need to re-position the jib cars - starting point mid-luff of the furled jib.

Also Google it - there are lots and lots of free how to set up my jib/genoa rig instructions out on the Internet. As long as they start with Faster's advice most likely they are decent advice. In particular see http://www.onedesign.com/Portals/106/docs/Tuning%20Guides/north-catalina22-tuningguide.pdf

Fair winds and following seas :)

PS: Usually better to park the cars on shore. Their weight will really screw up the wetted area of your hull.
 
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