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Old 14-08-2012, 13:23   #1
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Mast Rake Angle

Can anyone help me with the proper mast rake angle for a Pearson 35
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Old 14-08-2012, 15:07   #2
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Re: Mast rake angle

Mast head sloop rig, I would expect effectively none, but don't know for sure.
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Old 14-08-2012, 15:46   #3
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Re: Mast rake angle

My Morgan 33 sloops book says mast should be plumb.
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Old 14-08-2012, 16:16   #4
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Re: Mast rake angle

My P35 develops a wicked weather helm as it nears hull speed. Mast has had an aft rake that I will be taking out when I restep the mast. Aft rake worsens weather helm, the less rake aft there is counteracts it. Would put the mast verticle to start with and sail it a bit to see how it handles. Can't remember ever seeing a mast actually racked forward, btw, verticle yes, forward no.
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Old 15-08-2012, 07:24   #5
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Re: Mast rake angle

Thanks for input
My mast has about 1.5 degree rake and I develop a little more weather helm then i like when conditions get heavy
I will try a plumb mast and post results
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Old 20-08-2012, 10:16   #6
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Re: Mast Rake Angle

Phil,

Most masthead rigs like yours won't have much rake. If you're getting weather helm earlier than you think you should (IE: before the boat would normally need a reef), it may be that your mainsail has stretched and the draft is too far aft. In that case, it's unlikely setting the rake at 0 will do much good. You need a new sail or a recut.
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Old 20-08-2012, 10:26   #7
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Re: Mast Rake Angle

Thanks for input Islandplanet
Replaced my 15 yr old Hood with a new Dolye last summer.
Hood saved as spare
Next step is to plumb the mast
Hopefully can get to that within the next 2 weeks
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