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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:49 am 
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I just bought a H14T and can't figure out the jib system. I have bridle wires, a furler, furling jib and the swiveling short wire forstay.

Am I supposed to use the furled jib as the forstay when stepping the mast?

How do I up haul or down haul the jib to get it tight without raking the mast?

I looked at the manual and am still lost, It looks like I'm supposed to tighten the side stays to add tension all around.

I prefer a straight up mast and tight rig.

I must be missing something?

Thanks for your help.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:06 pm 
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Yes the furled jib is the forestay. There is no jib halyard or any way to tension the rig with a halyard.

Once furled, I use a shockcord ball tie through the jib clew to keep the jib furled when stored:
http://cdn.hobiecat.com/digital_assets/2013-winter-sailing-pa-catalog-international_rev130906.pdf#page=31

Don't try stepping the mast with an unfurled jib, that would be a mess. The jib should be furled and wrapped up with the shockcord ball tie and the furler rope should be out. The furler will spool up when you unfurl the jib.

I'm running a lot of rake so my rig is loose. If you want the rig tight, you have to "walk" the rig tight using the shrouds. You need at least one extra shroud adjuster pin and ring. Pull down on the trap handle and slide a new pin one hole down on the side shroud adjuster. At this point the shroud will have two pins through its thimble. Add the ring and make sure it is secure. Then remove the upper extra pin. Go across to the other shroud and do the same thing. Back and forth walk it down until you are happy with the tightness.

You may think, why not just set the shrouds where they should be and attach the forestay? Well it's really hard to do with a tight rig. I even tried rigging a block and tackle and such and it was a mess. You pretty much have to walk the shrouds.

Before you tighten the rig up, be sure you remove the mast step pin first. It might be impossible to remove after tightening the rig. Same thing when putting the step pin back in, you may have to loosen the rig a little first. That depends on how much rake you run, the more rake, the harder it is to get the mast step pin in/out.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:07 am 
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I recently bought a trailer for my 16 and it came with a 14T. I'm not quite sure how to attach the jib blocks to the trampoline. Any suggestions? Mine was poorly set-up and I'm trying to work out the bugs. The jib on my mine was attached to the trampoline by poorly tied half hitches on a stiff line.


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