Rig & Tuning

Rig Setup and Tuning

Dragonfly
Getting a rig set-up so it is safe and fast can appear a daunting job, on anything other than one designs where all the class sailors know exactly what to do to get the maximum out of their boats. For everyone else – where do you start? what is the most important aspects? what should it look like when it is done?

In fact, its seen as a bit of a black art, and is sadly often kept much more of an art than it needs to be!

In the first place, there are some basic rules, which if followed, will give a good platform for a safe and reasonably fast set-up for the rig, and therefore the sails.

These basic rules apply to boats with different rigs a little differently, as you would expect, and can be looked at in the following groups:

  • Masthead rig with in-line spreaders – keel stepped
  • Masthead rig with swept spreaders – keel stepped
  • Fractional rig with in-line spreaders – keel stepped
  • Fractional rig with swept spreaders – keel stepped
  • Masthead rig with in-line spreaders – deck stepped
  • Masthead rig with swept spreaders – deck stepped
  • Fractional rig with in-line spreaders – deck stepped
  • Fractional rig with swept spreaders – deck stepped

In all cases, if the basic rules are applied it gives a good solid base to subsequently fine-tune to maximise boat-speed and trim.