Adjustable mast base
19th October 2015 at 6:05pm #1311KazrobParticipant
Well I’ve got a boat and obviously been looking it over in more detail and reading lots. One thing I read lots of is putting mast forward / back depending on conditions and I wonder how to do that. My boat has the mast foot chocked with the chicks held in place under hold down plates and from what I can see it needs the mast to come out and a lot of fiddling down the mast deck hole with wing nuts and chocks to adjust anything.
Do some people have adjustable mast steps and where would you get such a thing from?19th October 2015 at 10:17pm #8518Tony WoodsParticipant
Hi there. There are some boats in the UK fitted with permanent mast adjusters. The number of boats fitted with these are very few. They are manufactured by Alex Scholes. Although 1 has been retro fitted that is a major and expensive job. The adjusters can’t be used during racing.
So most of the fleet uses what you probably have fitted which is a series of small chocks fitted at the mast base and deck level. The same system is favoured by the top end of the fleet Internationally.
Some sailors have a mean position and don’t make any adjustment to the mast whatsoever.
Others would adjust the mast according to wind conditions generally going forward at the mast base in windier conditions to take load of the Rudder.
What ever system you have adjusting the mast at the base means the mast coming out. Most modern boats would have the chocks kept captive with an elastic system. If you decide to change yours to this system instead of plates and butterfly nuts etc do so with care. The chocks need to be captive and secure as if they come out the mast can be dislodged after a capsize and that often means a hole through the boat. Sorry don’t wish to be dramatic to a newbie but I’ve seen it happen. So maybe put up with the difficulty of moving the mast. Find a position that works for you and enjoy sailing the OK. Hope that helps.20th October 2015 at 7:07am #8519KenParticipant
Good reply Tony, Nice to see people giving good feedback.20th October 2015 at 10:15am #8520burtParticipant
Seconded I sailed with 2042 in a set position no matter what the wind strength and it meant I never worried about the rake or anything and concentrated on the actual sailing20th October 2015 at 7:13pm #8521KazrobParticipant
Ah the joys of starting in a new class. You read everything you can, try to understand it all and try to start off being in the ball park so as not too waste to much time or do things too wrong. Then just as you start getting confused by it all somebody reminds you just to pull the sail in and point it roughly in the right direction
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