Responsive sailing

A responsive design easily adapted to the needs of the sailor.

Ask the Expert

When I round A-mark (windward), and release my main and jib, the jib boom does not go out easily, I feel like I have to push it out with a paddle! Even in medium wind strengths.

The line type you may be using for the jib might be too thick, and/or the wrong line type. The line may also be strung incorrectly through the cheek blocks and blocks. Check the line, trace the line.

Now I saw a weird one recently where the jib boom swivel was mounted upside down on the deck. Putting it right side up made a huge difference!

How can I help my boat point better?

Many things.

  1. Make sure your main bridle is the correct length, if it is too short it is a problem. The jib on the jib boom should be relatively tight with a 4 inch slot. It is common for people to use a "racing shackle" i.e. a smaller shackle for racing or even line to attach the jib.
  2. Is the jib halyard up all the way?
  3. Is the mast tuned?
  4. Is the rig tight? Forestay tight?
  5. Is the jib wire tight in the sail?
  6. Are your battens in the main and jib the correct type?

And then there is sailing.

  • It is good to know when to use 2:1 versus 1:1. The sheets should be pulled in enough.
  • The jib/main slot between the sails has a happy spacing.
  • Look at your wind indicators on the sails, to ensure they are flying happily.

I have clunking in my steering, how can I fix this?

Couple of things to look at:

  1. Are the pintles and gudgeons solidly attached to the stern?
  2. Is the fit of the rudderhead snug onto the pintles and gudgeons?
  3. Does the rudderblade stay firmly in the rudderhead?
  4. Does the rudderhead rock forward and back on the pintles and gudgeons?
  5. Does the rudderhead rock laterally on the pintles and gudgeons?
  • Pintles and gudgeons can be shimmed.
  • Rudderblades can be shimmed.
  • All bolts can be tightened.
  • Steering lines should be amsteel. They should be a small diameter. They should be tight. The steering alignment needs to be totally centered.
  • Avoid using straps, go bowline to hitches.

I have a clunking in my keel, what causes this?

Many things, start with checking that the acorn nuts at the top of the daggerboard plate are super tight.

Check that the daggerboard plate is tightly attached, are there acorns on all bolts? Look under the plate.

Locktite is your friend.

Are the recessed holes in the bottom plate that the top plate nuts sit into tight? Is it snug?

When the boat is out of the water on a crane with the daggerboard/keel bulb down, grab the keel bulb and see if it rocks back and forth. If so you will need to tighten the bolts holding the keelbulb onto the daggerboard. The nuts are recessed in the keelbulb. They are bonded into place, so you will need to dig out the bonding material so that you can gain access to the nuts. Then tighten the nuts with a big torque wrench with as much strength as you can muster. Locktight is your friend. Then seal the nuts into the keelbulb again.

How is the reinforcing done in the transom?

Within the fibreglass there is an aluminum plate. The screws and bolts go through the glass and through the plate.

This means that the steering will be more solid and there is less risk of glass rot.