Contender Setup

Having just bought an old Contender I thought it would be useful to collate together all the tips and hints I gather in terms of rigging. So here goes

MAST POSITION

Mast Foot

  • Measured between Aft Mast and Transom (excluding overlap)
  • Lowers Off, Rig Tension On.
  • Minimum 3050mm (recommended)
  • Keeps rig weight as far back as possible:
    • good for keeping bow up;
    • squaring out main sail;

Mast Rake

  • Measured between lower edge of the measurement band at the top of the mast and the transom crown.
  • Lowers and Rig tension on.
  • ~6500mm (+/- a few cm)

Set Mast Straight Port/Starboard at this point.

Spreaders (Starting Point Set Up)

  • Length 430mm
  • Deflection 110mm (measured between mast track and straight line between spreader tips.

Fore/Aft Bend

  • 20mm – Good for light to strong for 80Kg Helm.
  • Heavier Helm – zero.
  • 70 Kg Helm – 50mm
  • Adjusting:
    1. Lowers – starting point
    2. Spreaders – leave initially

Adjusting Lowers

  • Just taut – forestay level horizontal.
  • Measure fore/aft bend halfway up with lever fully on.

 Rig Tension

  • 115kg to 150kg depending on Mast and Helm Weight.

Trapeze Set Up

Trapeze Ring Height

You need the bottom of the trapeze ring to be just at deck height. You will probably prefer to be able to pull yourself about a meter higher than that. [Ref: Soren@Facebook Group].

Upper Trapeze Wire

If you are considering replacing the trapeze wires with rope then Spectra is recommended. [Ref: Soren@Facebook Group].

Sailing

Beating

Light Medium Strong
Mast  Stiff  Soft
Sail  Not Full
Cunningham  On
Outhaul
Kicker  On
Main
Notes

Reaching

Light Medium Strong
Mast
Sail  Flatten  Deep Tight Lines
Cunningham
Outhaul
Kicker
Main
Notes

Downwind

Light Medium Strong
Mast
Sail
Cunningham
Outhaul  V. Tight
Kicker
Main
Notes

References

  1. Graham Scott – Wavelength Contender Set Up Guide
  2. Gabriel Wicke on Trim
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