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Old 08-06-2010, 04:40   #1
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Rig Tune

I've had the boat for 8 months now.
Rig is 9 years old.
Don't know when the last owners did last rig tune.
How often should this be done, and how 'comprehensive' a tune should be done?

Ie. just a static in-marina job or go the whole hog and take the rigger out for a spin as part of the process?
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Old 08-06-2010, 05:10   #2
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This is worth a read, couple of versions depending if you have masthead or a fractional rig.

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Learn to do it yourself - first time with a rigger might be good - I check the stick once a year and tensions yearly or when things don't feel right or we are not pointing well.
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thanks
I'll do it first with local rigger I know.
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Rig tuning: At least annually!

This is like checking the air in your car tires, it shouldn't be a big deal. You buy a tension gauge that matches the range of your rigging, you beg, buy, or steal the specs for your boat and if you can't get them, try to make sure all the rigging is the original size and tension to the size of the wire.

On some bendy boats like the J/24, racers may actually re-tune to match the wind conditions from day to day for racing. For cruisers and casual sailors? Once or twice per season should be plenty adequate. It isn't hard, and it assures that you will be eyeballing the fittings for potential failures.

None year old rig is also time to check for meathooks, if there are ANY then you're close enough to ten years and potential problems to talk about re-rigging.
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