I'm a 24 years old Norwegian who has just bought a 1970 custom trimaran
which I'm cruising Europe
in. I love my boat already, but it is somewhat lacking in sail trim equipment
so I'm constantly upgrading whenever I can afford to do so.
The boat has a rotating mast
, and up until now I have simply fixed it in the middle with ropes. What I am wondering about is how does one normally trim a rotating mast
? I was thinking about setting up a Cunningham, this would let the mast rotate with the boom, is this a standard way of doing things? That would also give me control of boom height, which would be great to have!
A second question, how much should I tighten the stays? Right now the mast is tilted 5-10 degrees to the aft of the boat, so the forestay is tight, while the sidestays are fairly loose. Under sail, the port stay on a starboard tack is very slack and vice versa, could this lead to issues with durability in the longer term?
And finally, the boat is 9.9m, weights 2.2 tonns, and have a mast 14m high from water
. I'm considering to mount a 1.7m bowsprit
and a 12.2m gennaker
, would this be overkill on a boat with such low displacement
Thanks in advance for answers and tips :-)