General Rigging and Maintenance

Rigging

The rigging of the Windsurfer is best explained in the original manual. Windsurfer(manual).

The Windsurfer One Design’s components have undergone several changes since 1986, the most notable change being the replacement of the tie-on boom with a clamp boom. The original boom and mast bases are not manufactured exclusively for the Windsurfer any more and commercially available substitutes are selected by the remaining manufacturer Windgenuity Pty Ltd of Dee Why, NSW (contact: windgenuity@bigpond.com).  Although the substitute parts change in shape and brand from time to time, Windgenuity selects and supplies parts that are equivalent in performance and price to superseded parts to maintain the one design characteristics of the class.  In order to comply with the class rules, all parts, including booms, must be sourced from Windgenuity.  A register of approved parts is maintained by Windgenuity and components may be scrutinised at competitions.  Refer to the Class Rules for permitted repairs and alterations.

Race Setup

The general racing rigging tip is that the mast base should be mounted in the middle of the track. As the wind speed increases the mast base should be moved forward. Although for heavier sailors this may not apply and could lead to nose diving.

Check the posts for further racing setups and tips from guest writers

Maintenance

The following section provides tips on how to increase the life of your board & rig

Sail

  • When rigging tighten downhaul LAST. When packing up release the downhaul FIRST. If the outhaul is released with the downhaul tight the sail will be stretched.
  • Remove or loosen all battens when packing up the sail. This will maintain the springiness of the batten end elastic in the pocket
  • Roll the sail onto a large diameter PVC drain pipe. Do not fold the sail as this will cause crazing and delamination later at those points.

Board

  • Store the board in a position which will maintain its shape. If the board is laid on a flat surface it may loose its shape.
  • Keep the board out of direct sunlight
  • Silicone spray may be applied to centreboard case rubber flaps to make it easier to raise or lower the centreboard

Boom

  • Do not leave your boom extended after use as it can jam; release the push pins and slide the extension inwards.  If you feel sandiness or stickiness remove the extension, hose out the tubing and extension and spray with marine lubricant (Sailfast or other silicone product)
  • Store the boom with the extensions inserted fully into the tubing to prevent it from bowing or warping.

Mast

  • Store the mast away from direct sunlight

Tips for keeping your stuff organised

1. For the car:

  • Two sets of tie downs with simple fasteners; one short set and one long set (useful if you need to carry two boards)
  • Allen keys or any specialist tools required to tighten roof racks – a must for long trips
  • A plastic crate for wet gear – one the size of milk crate works well for a small car

2. For the shed/garage/cupboard:

  • A medium to large bag for made from breathable fabric (so if you leave damp things in your bag it won’t get mouldy) containing:
    • Mastbase
    • Base plate
    • Centreboard
    • Harness
    • Rash vest
    • A smaller bag containing:
      • A copy of your car key on a loop of rope – non-electronic copies will not start most modern cars but should let you open the door; you can leave your electronic key inside the car
      • Lip balm
      • Sunscreen
      • Medium-sized flat head screwdriver (for fin screws and for unjamming outhauls and downhauls)
      • Silver gaff tape – the stretchy kind, without reinforcing fibres; useful for improving the fit of mast base into mast, for tying multiple masts onto roof racks on long journeys, as an emergency replacement for lost rubber flaps, etc.
      • Sharp scissors
      • two metres of rope (4mm spectra)
      • one metre of very fine nylon rope or shoelace for attaching hats, sunnies etc.
      • cigarette lighter for melting cut rope ends
      • hair elastics
  • A second bag for events and regattas:
    • Bouyancy vest
    • Hat and polarised sunglasses with retainer
    • Energy bars and water bottle or camelbak
    • Permanent marker for labelling equipment and emergency sail numbers
    • Marine lubricant such as Sailfast to prevent your centreboard from jamming
    • Spare batten
    • A footstrap plus screws and washers (useful for courses with reaching legs in windy conditions)
    • Spare harness lines
    • Spare nut for mast track
    • Extra tools for adjusting centreboard pivot (allen key set) and tightening the bolt inside the mastbase (socket head with extension)
    • Lunch money
    • Shoes for wearing to the bar afterwards!