Rigging and derigging a keel boat instruaction assingment
Once this is done continue to wind the foresail sail up until the rope is under a lot of tension.Have the person on the foredeck check to see that the luff of the sail is not too loose. If it isloose, continue to tighten the rope until it is satisfactorily tightened.When done, have the person tailing the rope to coil the rope up. Coiling a rope is done byturning the rope around the winch thendown to your hand and back up to the winch again,forming a figure 8.When finished, take the rope off the winch and bring together the two ends of the coiledfigure 8 rope. Then take the end of the rope connected back to the mast and wrap it aroundthe coiled rope a few times. Then to finish off the coil, get a bit of the rope and put it throughthe eyelet of the coiled rope bringing it over the end and back to the eyelet. Then tuck thecoiled rope under a piece of elastic on the mast.The winch handle must then be put away and the foresail needs to be furled using the furlerropes. This is done by pulling one and pushing the other at the same time until the foresail iscompletely furled. This keeps the foresail out of the way and prevents it form beinginfluenced by the wind and moving the boat.Now get the main sail out of its bag and make sure it is facing the right way to be put up themast by checking which end of the sail the cars are on and makesure they are at the mast end.Then put the sail bag into the forward hatch. When putting the sail bag into the hatch youwill need to get the Velcro strip out of the dillybag and as it will be needed later.Next unroll the main sail and pull the foot of the main sail over the boom.
At this point you need to attach the tack of the main sail to the gooseneckputting the shackleof the gooseneck through the eyelet of the tack.Alsoget the piece of Velcro and put it thoughtthe eyelet in the clew end of the main sail and then wrap it around the boom tightly.Next have someone holding the end of the boom as someone else releases the main halyardblock at the mast. Unclip the main halyard attached at the end of the boom and attach it to themast for the time being and so you done lose it. Rest the boom on the ground gently so as notto damage the boat.The reefing line which is the line on the under side of the boom, usually closest to the mastwill need to be released.At the end of the boom pull on the rope that has just been loosenedand turn it through the second eyelet up the leech of the mainsail and back down to the boomwrapping it once around the boom and then tying a bowline knot back around the rope.Next undo the outhaul on the under side of the boom, this should be the furthest rope to theboom. Tie a bowline around the eyelet inthe clew of the main sail, then take the main halyardform the mast and attach it to the head of the main sail.
Now take the end of the main halyard and wrap it around a winch, the same way as you didthe foresail. Put the winch handle into the winch as before and prepare to pull up the mainsail.As someone is pulling up the main sail another person will be required to slot the cars, whichare the little taps attached to the luff of the main sail, into the track of the mast.In light winds only the large cars attached to batons need to be put into the track. On heavydays all of the cars should be put in to reduce the load on the sail form the wind.Before the boom starts to be lifted up close the main halyard block located outward at thebase of the mast.Once this is done get someone to lift the boom up to make the winch winders life easier andto make sure the boom doesn’t wave around wildly and hit someone. Then continue to windthe main sail up until the rope is under a lot of tension. If the mainsheet needs to be releasedbecause it is not allowing the sail to be raised all the way then release it form the cleat on thedeck of the boat.Turn the winch handle counter clockwise to tension up the luff of the mainsail.Have theperson putting the cars into the track checkif the luff is not loose. If too loose then continue totighten the rope until it is satisfactory.Once this is done, have the person tailing the rope to coil it, same way as done with theforesail halyard. Then tuck the coiled rope under a piece of elastic on the mast.Put the winch handle back into its holder, take the slack out of the reefing line and pull theouthaul on tight.Congratulations you have successfully rigged a Beneteau!