- If in doubt – let it out.
“The Alerter!” (when sailing free)
- If the jib ‘blows back’ ie appears on the ‘wrong’ (windward) side – it means the wind is com-ing round the other (back) side of the mainsail and you are in imminent danger of a gybe!
- Let the main out more
- and/or change course.
- Start moving your bum before the sail comes across or anything else! (you are never going to get a better opportunity, it’s too late after a gybe.)
- Steer ‘away’ from the one not ‘working’ (get the wind onto it).
Never tie a knot in the end of the mainsheet !!!
- Set it to hold the boom just off the shroud (or where it would be if there was a shroud - unless you prefer it to ‘flag’ completely forward)
- Stops ‘Death Rolls’, stops rig damage
- ‘Goes to default’ safe condition in a panic.
- Haul the centerboard up.
- Watch the bobstay doesn’t catch on the winch.
- Have painter on bow post to control boat - optionally another long one amidships or on the stern.
- Immerse to nearly hubs (as a minimum - but may need to go deeper).
- Note: Leave rudder off until launched.
- Haul the centerboard up (unless rowing Begonia onto the trailer in which case have it down enough to stop blowing around - then haul up when winch hook is secured.
1. Remove the Cover and roll it up (starting from the bow helps with replacing it) and set aside - but don’t undo the cross beams yet - they are needed to steady the boat whilst the mast is raised.
2. Bowsprit - fit it.
- Note-keep bobstay on the ‘non handle’ side of the winch - and watch it doesn’t catch whilst launching! You could push the boat back on the trailer-but it will tip up if not hooked onto the car.
3. Mast raising
- Crossbeams, at least one aft, still on (to steady the boat).
- Helpful to have someone guide the foot of the mast. (Bronze hook on mast to aft)
- Lash to tabernacle
- shrouds sort of firm / use all lashing / take a turn around the lashing before doing any knots (cos the knot will jamb) / tuck through strands to stop jib sheets undo-ing it.
- Loop Forestay over end of bowsprit.
- Put boom through lazyjacks
- Put bundle of mainsail through lazyjacks and lay it out on top of boom (check the halyards run inside the Lazyjacks).
- Attach boom and gaff jaws to mast.
- Tie throat and peak halyards to gaff - making sure they are through the lazyjacks correctly.
- Lead haul end of peak halyard down through upper block at base of mast (port side).
- Lead haul end of throat halyard down through lower block at base of mast (port side).
- Both of these halyards are cleated off on cleats at the back of the centreboard case.
- Undo gaskets/lashings on mainsail bundle.
- Attach clew to end of boom (loop goes over end of boom) attach tack then tie off the outhaul.
- Attach boom downhaul to eye on boom using S hook.
- Start hoisting gaff, keeping it horizontal as it goes up.
- Lace mainsail luff to mast as you haul it up using “to and fro” lacing method. Keep it slack.
- Adjust peak halyard to get a slight crease from head to tack.
- Tidy up lazyjacks. They can sit against the mast when sailing if you wish.
- Reeve the mainsheet. (Braided rope with black fleck line) and tie a stopper knot (but not in the end of it - see note) to just prevent the boom hitting the shrouds.
- Loop tack through forestay loop then over end of bow-sprit
- Cleat the jib halyard on a belaying pin starboard side of mast.
- Jib sheets outside shrouds
- Knot (figure 8) in ends of Jib sheets
- One turn only round jamb cleat when sheeting (then it can easily be flicked out)
- Pull centreboard up and cleat tackle before launching.
- Put bung in!
- Hoist the Burgee (optional) – tie off the halyard to a chain plate.
- Such that in a good breeze, the leeward one goes just slack-but doesn’t gyrate in the breeze
- Jib Halyard - should be tight!
- Throat - no sags and bags in luff
- Peak - No wrinkles the wrong way (OK to have wrinkles the “right” way - but they should ‘blow out’ easily.)
Sue and Frank have put together a downloadable PDF booklet that you can print out. Laminated copies of the booklet are in the WBA library, and on Begonia.