One question for you wave sailors, as a reference, what holes are you using on the side and forward adjusters? I know it will vary from boat to boat and conditions. Once I got to cherry glen, there are more power boats, chop and in light wind I was getting too much slop in the rigging. I would sheet in hard to help tighten up but I will try and get to three on the fron and four on the sides and see how that looks.
Even at three all around I think it is a bit loose. I have not tried yet but I th ink I can get three at the front and four on th e sides, once I rig and outhaul.
Hi again Jim
As you mentioned, when you take over a used boat, the stretch on the shrouds will differ from boat to boat. However, the angle of the mast should be set to the 'usual' conditions to where you sail. If you sail in light to medium winds, you would want your mast to be almost vertical with a slight lean to the stern. If you sail in heavier winds, a more 'rearward' angle is more efficient. How far to go to the rear? If you are getting smacked in the head due to a jibe, the angle is too far to the stern. Also if your main sheet is running out of line going upwind, the mast is set too far backwards.
It's not an easy one to call as the mast also bends when going upwind. Trial and error is prolly the best method to get your own right settings for your Wave.
This method is usually only used by very high performance Cats but there is no reason why it cannot be used on a Wave: The Plumb-bob method:
1) Level your boat with a spirit level, fore to stern; port to starboard, while the boat is on land.
2) Attach a Plumb-bob to the main halyard and lower the main halyard until the Plumb-bob almost touches your tramp. Take a fine tipped Sharpie Felt Pen and mark the place where the point almost touches the Tramp. That is your benchmark whilst on land. Make note of the Pin settings of your shrouds
3) When you change the angle of the mast, repeat the procedure and note the wind speed, your performance (portable GPS) and the pin settings of the shrouds after you get back on land.