Here is start for base (may depend on boat type)i took it for my first sail last night. wow thats alot of mainsail to put up by yourself, i was singlehanded. i must say im dissapointed with the feedback. i was looking for some help. my mast is raked back almost 4 ft and my forestay still looks like a wet noodle. this seems wrong to me. a kirby 25 has running backstays to keep tension on the forestay. the wind was light under 10 knts, the helm felt balanced. when i got in i shortened the forestay an inch, with the backstay on its still sags. maybe when the mainsail is loaded up it straightens up.
Used to race 1007, 46.5” was a good medium air number. We ran 47” under 10 knots. Blocking at the partners and mast step position is everything on this boat. As others have noted sag is a good thing, we can talk about mast sag to leeward another time.hi ive been sailing for over 20 yrs, always dreamed of an etchells, now i got one. forestay marked at gooseneck, then measured in place from deck 48 in, measured from back of partners to back deck, marked 12 ft. measured from mark to mast base 12ft 5 1/2 in. hung anchor from main halyard with full backstay, measured from mast to halyard at boom height 46in. wow thats alot of rake. forestay still sagging. i took a picture but this is my first time on sailing anarchy, and im still figuring out how to post a picture. im looking for help. i think a forestay should have tension on it
Maybe you could bless us with a photo or two of the whole show. Makes diagnosis much easier to see the general set upI just put my first etchells in the water, I checked the measurements and either my mast needs to be raked way back or my headstay shortened
Yes older boat shorter headstay. But that's to offset the fact the keels tended to be further forward so moving the rig forward balances the boat out. The mast should "fit" within the parameters you've provided. Maybe check and make sure for some crazy reason the mast wasn't shortened an inch at the base? Then again if the helm is balanced after shortening 1" to 45" you sound go-to-go. BTW... 45" for a max forward keel boat would not be out of line.my real concern is, is it normal to have this much mast rake and forestay sag? its a 1978 ontario yachts. i think thumper3 might be right, older boat ,shorter forestay. dtm said sydney fleet, sydney ns canada, 1 other etchells.
The extra inch will make a huge difference. Alternative is to keep the mast base further forward and add aft chocking to induce bend if that's what you want to do.i have a mast lever. i think the mast base might be an inch aft to create more bend to compensate for an older sail. my headstay measured 48, so im happy i can go as far as 45
Re-read this thread. Yes if your rake measurement is 48" and your mast base is an inch back, you're going to have a very sloppy rig. Lots of local knowledge so I'm sure you'll get this sorted.i have a mast lever. i think the mast base might be an inch aft to create more bend to compensate for an older sail. my headstay measured 48, so im happy i can go as far as 45