To recap, in Parts 1 to 4 we:
- Centred the rig athwartships—Part 1.
- Set the rake—Part 3.
- Set the prebend—Part 3.
- Chocked the mast at the partners (keel stepped only)—Part 4.
- Set the backstay/forestay to sailing tension—Part 4.
Now it’s finally time to go sailing and finish our tuning job. The good news is that, because we did such a great job before sailing and really understood what we were doing instead of just guessing or following a bunch of rules of thumb, this part is going to be easy, rather than the perplexing struggle that the sailing tune can degenerate into if the basics are not right.
In fact, all we need to do is:
- Tighten the shrouds to sailing tension
- Straighten the mast in the athwartship plane while sailing.
Easy-peasy, and should not take more than a couple of hours.