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leveling rl24
Where or how do you level a rl24 on a trailer to set up a mast?
Dave14-Oct-2004    Edit    Delete 
Re: leveling rl24
I am not sure what you mean by levelling on the trailer.

Because no two boats float the same, I decided to just make measurements from the top with the main halyard used to haul a fibreglass tape up till the shacklebottomed in the pulley. I took measurements to the top of the aluminium strip on the gunnel and keep those measurements in a log book.

If I damage or loose the rig etc. I have a record of what the original settings were.

I recently cut 12mm from the base of the mast section due to fatigue cracks in rivet holes. That shifted the top of the mast back about 20mm but made no noticable difference to sailing balance. INMA has a fixed forestsy so I thought I might have to shorten or replace it, it was not that sensitive.

Having done this measurement on several yachts, I can say it has the advantage of being easily remeasured and you can be sure the measurement is not effected by other things like not getting the hull level.

Don't forget to measure the distance to each side gunnel, I found a friend's yacht with the mast leaning to one side, He had it rerigged just to be sure it sailed evenly on both tacks.

greg
greg15-Oct-2004    Edit    Delete 
Re: leveling rl24
I believe that the present angle of the mast is racked to far back more like a catamaran rig.I want to pull it forward before I relaunch the boat.I may have to wait until I put it in the water but someone may know how to level trim on the trailer.
Dave15-Oct-2004    Edit    Delete 
Re: leveling rl24
you don't need to have the boat on the water or even level the trailer, the pupose of setting the mast angles is so that the mast is at right angles to the hull. Make sure the mast isn't leaning to one side by measuring from the top of the mast to the bottom of the shrouds both sides (this can be done by attaching a reel style tape to the main halyard and raising it to the top of the mast), make sure that you dont get the tape caught when comparing each side. the suggested mast rake aft is listed in the specification on this site. Good luck, I hope this helps.
Martyn16-Oct-2004    Edit    Delete 
Re: leveling rl24
I did a similar job some time back. I launched the boat into calm water and put a spirit level accross the cockit seats. I took beser blocks with me to use as movable ballast and placed them accordingly around the boat untill she was even port to starboard.
Cheers

DP
Dave parker18-Oct-2004    Edit    Delete 
Re: leveling rl24
I did a similar job some time back. I launched the boat into calm water and put a spirit level accross the cockit seats. I took beser blocks with me to use as movable ballast and placed them accordingly around the boat untill she was even port to starboard.
Cheers

DP
Dave parker18-Oct-2004    Edit    Delete 

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