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Postby gwendon on Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:11 pm

Hi Sabre Techs! I thought I saw a measurement in one of the forums for the distance from masthead to transom. Can't find it now. Does anyone know?

Cheers, Don.

Mast rake settings

Postby Sabre on Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:09 am

To some extent the position of the mast step will affect rake.
My mast step is 20mm forward of the most aft position allowed by the rules. I use a Loos guage on the shrouds to repeat settings. Wayne Bates moved his mast step back to the same position and has similar mast rake.

Every 5 units of measure on the Loos guage translates to 10mm of rake.
The following measures are top black band to the top of the transom (outside).

Loos Measure Rake mm
0 5750
5 5760
10 5770
15 5780
20 5795

hope this helps

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Postby fitzwarryne on Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:32 am

Barry, I fully agree the mast step positions impact on rake. I moved mine maximum aft to reduce rake simply to give me more headroom on tacking; however could please you expand on what is happening as you tighten your rig?

As I tighten my shrouds the mast bends allowing the mast tip to go aft shortening the black band:transom distance. I have the shroud and forestay attachments maximum tolerance apart to promote bend as most of my sailing is light wind, thus easing the leech. The result is my rake: Loos gauge distances appear to move opposite to your results.

As for optimal rake, I suggest adjusting the shrouds until the boat is balanced with about 2 degrees of helm going to windward. My new Irwin requires one-two shroud holes longer than the old sail to get the same balance due to sail shape differences.
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Postby A Trace of Blue - 1666 on Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:03 am

Hi guys,

For us numpties, who just wing it most of the time.

Can someone please explain Loos guage?

Regards . . .
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Postby andrewb on Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:27 am

It's for measuring tension in a wire. see e.g. :

A cheaper version is also available from Superspars:

http://www.sailboats.co.uk/product~Supe ... -RTGS.html

or the harken alternative.......(better be sitting before you look at the price of this one!!_

http://www.purplemarine.com/Product.asp ... Code=H7850

All work by bending the wire & converting the force used to bend the wire a known amount into the load being carried by the wire.
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Tension = stress

Postby Slow Hand on Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:12 pm


I knew they meaured this stuff south of the border ... BUT

... i am an insensitive bitch .. no feel for balance in the boat
... where do I start?
... no Loos guage up here!

What's a good starting point .. I'm running a training session in a few

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Postby A Trace of Blue - 1666 on Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:53 pm


I've seen people use them, never new they were named after a toilet.

I always just use Mk1 finger tension gauge when I rig Fiona's boat and just ask SHMBO (She who must be obeyed) if she is happy.

Regards . . .
A Trace of Blue - 1666

Postby fitzwarryne on Thu Sep 18, 2008 11:46 am

The advantage of a rig tension measurement tool is that it helps you repeat the tension that won you the last race, or sneak up to the winning boat and find out her secret.

Regardless of the make, they are all basically a spring which measures the pressure needed to pull the wire out of line. The more rig tension in the wire, the stronger the pressure to obtain the standard distortion. The stronger the wire the more pressure required, this is why the calibration figure differs for the diameter of wire. For example on a Loos model A pulling out to the 32 mark indicates 181 kg in a 2.5 wire, 136 kg in 3.0mm but only 91 kg in 4.0 m wire. That is 1x 19 wire, the equivalent tension in 1x7 dyform wire would be different as it's a stiffer wire.

In many more complex rigs the sailmaker will give you a crib sheet of major numbers for tensions, rakes and spreader angles. For example I have a 10 page Int. Dragon tuning guide from a sail maker. It certainly helps when they are some 10,000 possible combinations.

The Sabre is extremely simple, and any guitar player can tune one with a MK1 RTG but they may not always be singing your song.
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