are for rigging ocean
-going hobie catamaran
s prior to going sailing
As my experience in these matters is more practical
, I'm not sure of the
proper names for some of the parts I will describe - if you do know, /msg
them to me!
First remove any bungie cords that hold the boat rigging taut. Keep any straps binding the
boat to the trailer (you will need to get on it in a second). Locate the cabling with handles
and harness points (one or more cables on each side of the boat) and the sidestays (cables
attached by pins to brackets on the pontoons). Drape these over the pontoons
near the aft of the craft. When the mast is being erected, these cables tend to get caught
on stuff - the intention here is to get them as clear as possible of any obstructions.
Second make sure the forestay (the one cable on the boat right now with a free end) is loose
and lying across the trampoline.
Third, free the jib control ropes (two cloth ropes running from the left and right side of the mast)
from the bracked assembly that is cabled to the fore of both pontoons in front of the depression
the mast fits into. This jib ropes should be fastened to the fore bracket assembly with a
carabiner - ensure that this stays with the jib control ropes. Also make sure a removable pin is available for securing the forestay to the
fore bracket assembly the jib rigging was just removed from.
Fourth, make sure the main sail and jib sail rigging are not tangled on anything, or fouling
Fifth, lower the mast from the fore and aft cradles. The aft cradle should be tied to the
main mast anchor at the aft of the vessel. Remove it. The cradle towards the fore should be part of the
trailer. This should be done from on top of the trampoline of the boat.
Note: For lake
boats and smaller boats, the mast can be raised just by muscling it into the
depression it swivels in. The following instructions are for heavy masts.
For this part, you will need at least two people. One person to lift the mast and the others
to make sure that the cables don't snag on anything. The person lifting should be the only
person on the trampoline of the boat. They should move the bottom of the mast (the end with
no rigging and multiple anchor points for ropes) up to the depression that the ball at the
bottom of the mast should fit into.
Place a teflon chip inside the depression - this will let the mast rotate without destroying the
socket. Locate the bracket attached to the depression assembly. It should have a pin in it.
If it doesn't, get one.
The mast should have a hole for a pin at one end of it's oval cross section. Pin this hole into
the bracket assembly - this pin should be lower than the ball at the bottom of the mast. Once
the mast is raised, this pin should be towards the aft of the boat.
Now the person in charge of lifting the mast should start lifting it, walking under it slowly,
while the others ensure that the cabling draped over the sides isn't going to catch on anything.
When the mast is up, one person should go to the fore of the craft and pin the forestay to the
fore bracket assembly the jib rigging was fixed to.
Once the mast is up and secured, remove the pin at the base of the mast. This must be removed
to allow the mast to swivel with the wind, BUT MAKE SURE TO REPLACE IT BEFORE LOWERING THE MAST
WHEN DONE SAILING. This is very important as not complying will make lowering the mast extremely difficult. You have been warned.
With the mast lifter steadying it, ensure that the mast is evenly balanced between the sidestays.
If the mast leans too far one way or the other, use the pin bracket assemblies to balance the
Ta da! The mast is up!
Rigging the Jib Sail
Get the boat into water and secure it to the dock. Make sure you have another extra pin on the
fore bracket assembly. Locate the jib cable - it should be the rope and attached cable running
about 2/3rd's the length of the mast. Loosen the jib cable from the fasteners at the base of the mast. On
the jib cable, there should be a metal aircraft cable
end with a metal 'u' bracket and a rope
Fasten the 'u' bracket to the eyelet at the loose end of the STILL ROLLED-UP jib sail. Haul the
jib sail up. One person out on a pontoon at the fore has to pin the jib to the fore bracket
assembly. Now, there jib sail should have vanes (plastic or wooden slats) in pockets in the
canvas or plastic sail, with one end of the slats sticking out. These free ends of the vanes
should face the mast.
Once the jib is pinned in, make the cable as taut as possible. This should take the tension off the
forestay to the point where the forestay becomes slack. Tie off the jib cable to the fasteners
at the base of the mast, tucking any loose cable into the (now taut) jib cable.
Fasten the jib control ropes located on either side of the mast to the third corner of the jib
sail using the carabiner.
Raising the Main Sail
The main sail cable should be the only one fastened to the mast at this point. Free it, and use
the 'u' bracket to attach the cable to eyelet at the free end of the STILL ROLLED-UP main sail.
Now, this part will be a little trickier than the jib sail, as the main sail has must be fed into
a groove at the aft end of the mast as it is raised. Once the sail is completely unfurled, a
second person should raise the boom
and fit it into a rest at the bottom of the mast groove
The main sail cable has a bead that must be pulled into a groove at the top of the mast - pull
it forward then loosening it, checking for slack on the pulling end of the main sail cable. This
is another tricky part. Offensive language may be required. Once the line goes slack, tie off
the free end of the main sail cable to the fasteners at the mast base and stow any slack rope
in the taut line as with the jib.
Last, pin the block and tackle (ropes at the aft end of the boom) to a sliding metal bracket in
the groove at the aft end of the boat. Run the end of the boom line from behind the boat
towards the fore through the ring at the middle of the aft of the boat and the swiveling locks
right in front of it.
That completes the raising of the main sail!
All that remains now is to go sailing. A damn fun