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Old Jun 16, 2016, 11:38 AM
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SeaWind set up

I just bought a new SeaWind ready to sail. Other than the manual I am looking for set up tips. Any suggestions or can you direct me a thread that has set up information specific to the SeaWind?
Thanks, Bret
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Old Jun 16, 2016, 11:42 AM
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Start here - read everything and all the seawind Express newsletters.
http://www.theamya.org/boats/seawind/
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Old Jun 16, 2016, 11:48 AM
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Thanks you, I will get to reading. Bret
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Old Jun 16, 2016, 11:54 AM
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And there are these helpful pdf's, the angle gauge is from a Seawind Express
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Old Jun 17, 2016, 09:55 AM
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Great diagrams

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And there are these helpful pdf's, the angle gauge is from a Seawind Express
Thanks!! I printed them and they were really helpful.
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Front boom sail position?

There are 2 holes to attach the sail at the rear of the front boom. Should it be in the front or rear hole? And what difference does it make?
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There are 2 holes to attach the sail at the rear of the front boom. Should it be in the front or rear hole? And what difference does it make?
Use the front hole for attaching the sail, and remember the length of that line should be adjustable. It is the way to adjust the camber (deepness) of the jib.

The rear hole is for the topping lift, which is missing in your rigging! All RC sailboats need a topping lift to make sure the triangle where the jib is in stays always the same shape while sailing (This "triangle" is formed by the forestay, the jib boom and the topping lift). Adjusting the topping lift controls jib twist.

(let me try to find some diagram for you)
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Some photos here:

You can see the topping lift aft of the jib boom on this Dragon Force 65:


You can see the top end of the topping lift in this IOM rig. Notice the topping lift passes inside a loop attached to the jib top: the idea is to prevent the topping lift from touching the mast, which in turn could prevent the sail from tacking in very light winds.
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If you plan to race your Seawind a topping lift is not class legal.
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Examples of adjustable lines are in the Seawind Express newsletters
http://www.theamya.org/boats/seawind/seawindexpress.php
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Topping lift

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If you plan to race your Seawind a topping lift is not class legal.
Thanks for all the advise. There are 6 of us with SeaWinds and they are all box stock. So I think I will stay the same as the others. We have buoys and a clock but our races are not "official" and just for fun.
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It is helpful to be able to adjust the foot of the sails, both jib and main. Much power is gained by changing the curve of the sails' foot for the daily wind conditions. See the attached pdf for a place to start.
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Boom angle

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And there are these helpful pdf's, the angle gauge is from a Seawind Express
Thanks for the links. I printed the angle templates and set the main boom at 5 deg and jib boom at 15 deg for 3 - 7 mph wind. Does this sound right? I tried it today and it seemed slower on close hauled than it was out of the box at about 10 and 10 deg.
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When sailing together, leave one boat "box stock". Make adjustments to the other boats and the sail along side each other (not in the wind shadow tho) to judge what the changes have done.

Sail to all points of the wind and compare performance at all points.

Good way to waste a day at the lake and learn some tuning tips.
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If you plan to race your Seawind a topping lift is not class legal.
Did not know that! I'm sorry, then!
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