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 Post subject: Mast Rake
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 7:26 am 
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Was over on the Cat Sailor forum. They talk about changing the front forestay adjuster to adjust rake...

"Standard with the Wave is the 7-hole forestay adjuster. Most of us opt of the 10-hole and use the top hole. That makes my sidestays too loose, so I take off the sidestay adjusters and use shackles instead.
The object is to load up the skeg (way aft) and make the rudders perform as boards."

Is this a common practice? Are you raking the mast back for all wind conditions? Thanks.

Michael


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 Post subject: Re: Mast Rake
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 7:57 am 
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Well it would help by moving the center of gravity towards the back therefore avoiding pitchpoling in high winds but I don't get the "make the rudders perform as boards" part. It would probably make steering a bit harder.

Could someone comment on the effects of mast rake on rudders/steering?


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 Post subject: Re: Mast Rake
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 7:58 am 
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They were considering the rudders acting like dagger boards with the mast raked back.


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 Post subject: Re: Mast Rake
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 8:08 pm 
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Supposedly, it lets you point higher. Folks who are more into the physics of it may be able to explain.

I do think it looks cooler. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Mast Rake
PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 8:45 am 
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They talk about changing the front forestay adjuster to adjust rake...

Don't think it's wrong advice, just communicated not so well at times.

I've raked back in moderate winds and the Wave's butt sits down in the water and won't move. Really was kinda funny.

With mast raked back in moderate to low winds, I may use the rudders more as daggerboards but the trade-off is that I can't tack fast because it gets butt heavy, even when trying to keep my weight balanced on the boat.

This is just my opinion.

IMO, just as important as raking in high winds is making sure the sail is as well shaped and as flat as possible by downhauling and making sure your battens are doing what they are supposed to do.


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