Sails and rigging

sails and rigging

The mast and its rigging

The mast has been adjusted by technicians, you should absolutely not change these settings. It is normal in medium breezes for the leeward shroud to be slack. The mast should be straight with a slight bend towards the rear. When sailing upwind, especially in a breeze you should however take backstay back a little to ensure proper forestay tension.

The mainsail

This is the “engine” of your boat, so you will take the utmost care of it, before hoisting it you will make sure that all maneuvers are clear and unobstructed, you will have carefully examined the assignment of the various reefing lines beforehand.

You will hoist the mainsail head to windward, taking care not to catch the battens behind the Lazy Jacks , and checking that the reefing bumps do not get caught in the boom cleats.

If your boat is equipped with a fully battened mainsail mounted on ball bearing cars and Harken tracks, this is a top-of-the-line piece of equipment that will give your boat wonderful performance and provide more comfort in use.

⚠ When lowering the sail, never let it fall onto the boom, accompany its descent by holding back the halyard,   the opposite would severely damage the carriages.

The furling genoa.

The furling genoa allows effortless and safe adjustment of all sail area.

Check that the Spinnaker and Genoa halyards are properly tensioned so that they do not wrap around the genoa.

Pour dérouler :

  • Ouvrir le coinceur,
  • Libérer la drosse, la tourner sur un winch pour pouvoir la freiner.
  • Tirer sur l’écoute,
  • Contrôler la drosse pour éviter un déroulement brutal,
  • Régler le chariot d’écoute
  • Bloquer la drosse avec le coinceur.

To Wrap or Collapse:

  • Choose genoa sheet,
  • Take up the line, genoa furls.

⚠ Know how to reduce your sail in time.   It’s better to be under canvas than over canvas.  Avoid letting the sails faseyer  never force a maneuver,  look for what  is blocking.

The bar.

The helm controls a large Saffron that is sensitive and exposed, this helm has a brake that you will tighten at anchor so as to avoid premature wear.(Don’t forget it when you leave).

Beware of Reverse!

Hold the Bar firmly in reverse, it can go violently into abutment and become severely damaged. In case of damage to the helm, unscrew the protective cap and use the emergency tiller, in these conditions sail under engine, and reach the nearest shelter

The Autopilot

After plugging the switch into the electrical panel, the pilot dial will display “Standby”, it will record the boat’s heading. Pressing “AUTO” will automatically engage the autopilot system, which will maintain the boat’s heading. Changing the heading will be done by playing the + and – 1 keys as well as the + and – 10 keys.

⚠ Do not use the pilot in rough seas the pilot does not dispense with the watch, be careful.


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