Rig for pleasure sailing

Les Brooks


Posted: 02 Nov 12 18:46
Message ID: 2250
A friend and I have just bought a Parker Lark sail number 2176. We have both sailed before but are at the stage where we do not want to race but want an interesting but reasonably dry sail. lots of advice out there about setting the boat up for racing but we would be interested in any advice setting it up for pleasure sailing, simplifying the rig, smaller main, heavier centre board???? etc. Any suggestions

Garry Packer


Posted: 05 Nov 12 17:48
Reply ID: 6363
Set up for cruising is pretty much the same as for racing. You might want to omit the spinnaker rigging. Having effect control of the rig makes sailing so much easier.

Not worth the effort of putting in a heavier centreboard.

You could consider getting a cut down main for easier sailing in strong winds.

Garry

Garry Packer


Posted: 13 Nov 12 17:42
Reply ID: 6376
Saw you were looking for a cut down main in classifieds. If you're not successful you could try an old mirror or cadet sail, both should work.

Garry

John Knowles


Posted: 13 Nov 12 21:15
Reply ID: 6377
Hi Les,
I have 2138 at Hornsea. I've just bought a really grotty old mainsail for 15 on eBay, which I'm going to cut down over the winter.
I had been looking for a Mirror main, but they all went for silly prices while I was looking.
I agree with the rig for racing gives you more control, you just don't need to push it.
See you on the Mere.
John