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    Some Rigging Questions

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    Iím currently building a Graupner Saphir and have a few sail rigging questions I was thinking of adding an adjustable outhaul to the main and a jib lifting line on the jib boom, has anyone experimented with lowering the booms closer to the deck or making the boom height adjustable? My sailing experience is not from the RC world but from sailing dinghies which have more adjustments to shape the sails.


    1. I was thinking about making the main boom/ gooseneck assemble adjustable on the mast to raise and lower the boom off the deck this was a good option when sailing dinghies but I donít see it on RC sailboat builds, is this a worth while modification?

    2. Is there a formula or a certain distance that a ridged boomvang should be installed below the main boom gooseneck on the mast?

    3. Is jib boom lifting a useful modification?

    4. The jib boom pivot point currently attaches to the deck with string, will a ridged pivot point work, does it need to be flexible?

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    tiki

    There are some folks who run deck sweeper and inverted solid vangs on some boats. I know my victoria has an inverted vang, but its not as slammed to the deck as it could be...

    there is no set formula for were the vang attaches, all depends on how much leverage you need. the closer teh vang attachment is to the main gooseneck you end not not pulling down as much on the main...less of an angle.

    a job boom topping lift is a nice addition as it allows you to put some twist in the jib.

    I would stay with the string or go with a ball bearing fishing swivel..http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...rid=0123456789

    just remove the snap hook. even under tension though the string still twists to very easily, and really has no way to foul or fail unless it breaks...

    if you plan on taking the rig down to transport then some sort of hook with string may be the answer for you as well...
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    A topping lift on the jib boom is almost a necessity on model boats!

    The height of the booms is going to be different in the model boat world, because you have no ballast to move, to help keep the boat upright. When the boat heels, either the jib boom, main boom, or both, may touch the water, trimming the sails in and making the boat head up. If you are trying to head downwind, you are SOL! Raise the booms a bit, and you may get overpowered earlier. A difficult trade off!

    Also, most classes have height limits on the mast, and you only get a little room to play with rig height. My suggestion is to copy the fast guys, and do little modifications at a time, towards what you think is better. If you start off radically different, you will not know what to change if your boat is slower!

    If you want to delve into the technical aspects of the sail rig, check out Lester Gilbert's site at http://onemetre.net There is enough info there to make your head spin.

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    Thanks for your input guy's It's amazing when you start reading about sailing and rigging how technical it can be, I got the ridged boomvang built tonight I think it will do the job. I was reading a site for big boats about vangs and they recommended they be mounted at 45 deg. no less than 30 deg. and the mount on the boom should be about 1/3 the length of the boom from the gooseneck, there is no way I can get that angle even with the boom at the stock height. I have checked out Lester Gilbert's site some really good info. a lot of it is way over my head I'll wait for the Crib Notes. Here is a link to my building log if you want to check out what I've done so far.

    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1084486

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    nice build who makes those turnbuckles.....snazzy.....
    Marc

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    Thanks Marc, I made them

    New question - Should the main boom and jib boom line up with each other at the same height off the deck? I thought I read somewhere that for the sails to work together and perform properly both booms need to be at the same level.

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    you wanna sell some of them....

    having the jib closer the deck works fine. I would not want the jib that high off the deck...

    look at ocean racers and Cup boats, none of them have the jibs high off the deck...
    Marc

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    Not really they were a pain in the a$$, very time consuming, thanks for your help I'm starting to get the sails up I'll ad some more pics in a few days.

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    Iíve been doing some reading on rigging and sail trim could you guys check me to see if I have this right.

    1. Jib boom counter weight Ė helps the boom to achieve a balanced swing and counters the aft of the pivot weight of the boom and sail.

    2. Topping lift Ė in light air this takes the tension off of the leech by raising the boom aft of the pivot to help shape the sail which creates sail twist.

    3. Jib halyard Ė shapes the luff of the jib and would need to be adjusted according to weather and if the jib stay tension changes.


    Now the questions

    1. What exactly does adjusting the jib stay do, it aspires to me it would change the angle of the jib boom from horizontal and would be adjusted in opposition to the topping lift, or is this something which is adjusted and left alone or do you adjust this according to wind conditions?

    2. Could you use a ridged boom vang to push up on the main sail boom to take the tension off of the leech helping to shape the sail in light air or does the vang only pull down on the boom to flatten the sail?

    3. If the answer to # 2 is yes could you use a ridged pivot post to attach the jib boom to the deck and a ridged boom vang to the jib boom to push the jib boom up to shape the jib in place of a topping lift, would you ever want to flatten out a jib like you would the main in heavy air?

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    The jib forstay on a RC sail boat will add tension to the leech as well as tension on the luff. this keeps the luff from knuckling under when you are in a blow. if you add toping lift tension to loosen the leech this adds forestay tension.

    I have solid vangs on all my boats. this way you can dial in main twist plus it also gives you the advantage of not encountering any "sheet vang" Ie when you sheet the main in all the way with a non-solid vang you will pull twist out of the sail...

    What you are talking about on the jib is a radial jib fitting. I have I have toyed with a simple version on my Victoria. the problem with my radial jib fittings is that you need to have a lot of forestay tension to keep the forstay from knuckling. but there are others with don't need the extra tension but cost $$$ do a search for radial jib fitting
    Marc

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    RG65 181
    IOM 81, 681, 881

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