Right so your bought your first gull, just got it out the shed in 10 years etc.. How do you put all the bits together and put it on the water?
First things first lets check we have everything, you should have.
A mast (it may be in 2 parts and if its wooden it will be the thicker part is the mast and the thinner part is the gunter)
You might also have;
A spinnaker and/or its pole (short aluminium tube)
Buoyancy bags (essential for older wooden boats and the hard chine GRP boats)
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Usually it will have one position but on some older boats it has 2, the forward position is for sailing with only the mainsail and single handed, but this is rarely used.
Metal mast people
Wooden mast people
Next your need to hoist the mainsail, its best to be changed and ready to sail before you do this, start by taking the top of the sail (pointy end) and feed the luff rope into the track and to the end of the gunter, (the luff is the leading edge of the sail) you attach this to the top of the gunter (thin end) now take the main halyard and tie it to the gunter (use a nice small knot so you can bury it in the sheave at the top of the mast), then take the base of the gunter and attach it around the mast, the sail is ready to hoist. As the sail is hoisted your need to take a light line from the top hole in the leach of the sail and take it around the mast to lash the front of the sail to the mast, this doesn't want to be to tight as this will crease the sail, continue to the bottom of the sail and tie off.
PICTURES TO FOLLOW
The main sheet goes from a bridal across the transom up to the end of the boom and back down to the transom, finally we clip the rudder on and insert the tiller and extension under the bridal if applicable.
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