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Rigging- R.L. 24 Mark1
Need some advice in regards to the inner forestays in relation to raising and lowering the mast. I have purchased outfit about 6 months ago and have been completly refurbishing from stratch and am now up to running gear,The rig appears to be the "rotating mast" concept with the inner forestays attached to the mast top & bottom with the mast "sitting" on a single pin at the mast step, consequently when raising and lowing the mast there is no prevention of the mast against sideways drift as the outer forestay dont take-up until the mast is nearly vertical. Previous trailer sailers we have had, the inner forestays were fitted to the decks and in line to the mast thus preventing this problem. My question is, will this affect the present "Rig" and what reccomendations are out there as surely other owners have had this problem??
Alan 7-Jan-2009    Edit    Delete 
Re: Rigging- R.L. 24 Mark1
When the Mk1 boats were first built several were rigged with diamonds on a rotating mast, but these became unpopular because the masts were difficult to raise and there appeared to be no advantage in this type of rig, from then on most boats were rigged with a spreader on the main shrouds, and had lower shrouds fitted instead of the diamond, and the mast was hinged on a flat tabernacle.
I would reccomend changing your rig to a more modern system. See the origonal"RL 24 rigging plan" on this site.
Rob 8-Jan-2009    Edit    Delete 
Re: Rigging- R.L. 24 Mark1
Alan, you don't mention where you are located.

You probably need someone local to offer advise.
greg 8-Jan-2009    Edit    Delete 
Re: Rigging- R.L. 24 Mark1
When I bought my Mark 1 it had the same rig I changed it to a spredder and inner sidestay configeration because the rotating mast did'nt seem to stay in the correct position' in the early days it was found that in heavy conditions if the mast reverse rotated which was not uncommon the mast would break which was also not uncommon,which lead to the change to the current setup, if you live in Bris give me a call and you can have a look at what I have done
Andrew 8-Jan-2009    Edit    Delete 
Re: Rigging- R.L. 24 Mark1
I am looking at a boat with the diamond rig, how much does it cost to change the rigging ? and where do you get it from ?
Glenn 4-Feb-2009    Edit    Delete 

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