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Years ago, when I first learned to sail cats, using old-style beat up H16's, we found that raising the main FIRST worked better.
The mast was not under tension from the jib, and it was easier to raise the main with a loose rig, no binding etc.
Plus no hits in the face!
With the main 'hooked and holding', we then raised the jib and tensioned the rig.
Perhaps it is different with newer and better maintained H16's, raked masts, newer sails, no binding etc.
I wonder if there is any difference in rigging between older and newer style H16's?
1989 Hobie SX18 Sail # 1947
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