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New us owner refitting shrouds
I have ubolt shrouds separate upper and lower. I will be replacing them and would like to move them back as they are currently even with mast despite swept back spreaders.Any recommendations I am going to attempt to remove backstay and fly a h16 fully battened main.I am also planning on removing fixed gooseneck and replacing with sliding goose neck.

I sail mostle on inland lake in less than 15 knots most of time. I will be trailering to the southeast us coast some.

My goals are to Lear to sail well and to beat the j24 in our little sailing club. I come from a whitewater kayaking backround and love pushing the envelope if I can.
Rick Bernardi7-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
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Hey, here is a pic of my u-bolts and chainplates. It's wierd yours are in line with the mast. I tried to make this pic as perpendicular as possible. I think the stock US spreaders are swept 15degrees, I think you need more (like 22) to eliminate the backstay. The US mast is like a phone pole and has no taper. I was thinking a Viper 640 mast with a few feet lopped off the bottom would make a good performance mast, maybe some are available over here since that class started with aluminum and switched to carbon fiber. I'm not sure why you'd need a sliding gooseneck though?
Joe Eckenrode9-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
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I thought maybe with sliding gooseneck I could lower the main a bit and allow use of nice fully battened new Hobie 16 main sail. When cruising I can use the old smaller main that came with boat and raise the boom a for comfort as.I am 6'3" and would love a little extra cealance in the cockpit.

Also after looking again today the ubolts are behind the mast my lack of simple observation on display there. I may still replace and move u bolts as the y are mounted just outside of the wood reinforcement plates that are glasses in I will try to get a picture.I have some steel plate I wanted to use as backing plates for ubolts.

I guess I'm just trying to find a way to use a high roach main without replacing the entire mast. I've only had boat for a short bit and kind of sprung the purchase on my wife.

One other weird thing , my mast appears to have 2 jib halyards right below forestay attachment pointand no Spinnaker halyard.
Rick Bernardi9-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
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I put Hobie main up slid battens In and detached the backstay giving the forest a big tug it seemed ok. I will be testing this weekend in light air and may go ahead and order a batten to make a flicker so I can use the sail in heavy air.
Her is what it looked like with backstay removed.
Rick Bernardi15-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
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I put Hobie main up slid battens In and detached the backstay giving the forest a big tug it seemed ok. I will be testing this weekend in light air and may go ahead and order a batten to make a flicker so I can use the sail in heavy air.
Her is what it looked like with backstay removed.
Rick Bernardi15-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
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Worst case scenario the rig rips out and I have an excuse to upgrade when I make sad face to wife.
Rick Bernardi15-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
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Hey Rick how'd it go last weekend with the Hobie main?
And for anyone looking in the US, there's a nice looking rl24 main in Minneapolis for sale on ebay.
Joe Eckenrode23-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
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I'm working out the kinks. I need to tighten up my shrouds. I sailed in 7-9 knot wind but I couldn't tell from my perspective if the mast was inverting any. I went about 5- 5.5 knots but my jib track needs to be moved to improve sail shape. I didn't seem to point very well but my motor well is causing drag and I was sailing solo. Main sail shape looks awesome with the full I've got a lot to learn. I need to figure out how to plug motor well when racing or practicing. I will post my track and winds peeds
Rick Bernardi25-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
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Tracks and wind speed
Rick Bernardi25-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
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Track
Rick Bernardi25-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
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Rick.
Your tacking angle looks to be quite a bit low, check out the advised head sail sheeting positions as recommended in RL24 section.
Rob Legg27-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
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Thanks for the update Rick. I still have a year before mine goes in the water. I was finishing up a little 15ft Albacore when my RL fell into my lap.
Rob, thank you for the great boat and your continuing support. I really enjoyed the RL and Personal story pages and have learned alot on this site.
PS I promise not to post any more pictures until I've cleaned the boat.
Joe Eckenrode30-Aug-2017    Edit    Delete 
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Joe,
It turns out lousy windward performance was due to my keel being part way up. Unfortunately I found his out when keel cable snapped and keel bolt started leaking. So now I have chores to complete.

Where are you located? I would love to find d other us owners.
Thanks,
Rick
Rick Bernardi4-Sep-2017    Edit    Delete 
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Hey, sorry about your keel troubles. I'm in Virginia. My boat has another year or so before its in the water. Nothing serious, mainly cleaning, rebedding, and 1 piece of standing rigging. Yeah I'm all for 2018 North American RL24 Nationals.
Joe Eckenrode7-Sep-2017    Edit    Delete 

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