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Basics

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 hull
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)
A rudder
Tiller
Some sails
Shrouds
Chain plates
Boom
A kicker
Sheets

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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Ok so we have all that now to rig it, the first job is to step the mast.

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.

Once the base of the mast is in the step we need to attach the 2 shrouds (wires from the mast) to the chain plates, these are on the side of the boat just behind the mast, once that is done you can pull the mast forward taking the force on the wires and attach the forestay, this should be tight so as to not flap about but the only purpose is to hold the mast up with no jib on, (unless sailing with just a mainsail and the mast is stepped forward, if so it must be tight).

Now to rig the sails, start by separating the 3 sails out the large one is the mainsail, the small one the jib and the colourful one the spinnaker. The first one onto the boat is the jib, you should shackle the sail onto the very front of the boat (next to the forestay) and then attach the other end onto the halyard, the pointy end goes up the mast, once that's attached you can hoist the sail, once up ensure there is plenty of tension (on wooden boats don't pull too hard or your push the hog out of the bottom of the boat) to get the tension we add a block into the halyard and a block on the mast.

Metal 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 on the mast, (the luff is the leading edge of the sail) you attach the halyard to this and then pull the sail up. Once at the top tie it off tightly.

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.

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Now we can attach the boom to the foot of the sail, this will allow us to then attach the out haul to the rear end of the sail, slide the boom down in the track and then the kicker from the base of the mast to the underside of the boom.

Next we attach the jib sheets this is done by taking them from the eye in the leach of the jib down to the fair lead on deck across the boat and up to the jib again, this should all be done inside the shrouds.

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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