Last update, February 27, 2010
You have built the platform for the rig. If the completed hull is faired and in the mid range of 23 pounds at full ballast, less the rig and battery, and with a reasonable trim angle, you have done well. If you have provided a control system of servos and lines that are low in friction and dependable when sealed in the hole for hours, you have provided a confident mental link to the boat through a remote control device. Now you will build and connect the engine that will drive this yacht. The roar of the exhaust will echo only in your mind.
There were some builders that considered the rig to be the next innovation for the EC12 restricted design class. Indeed, as you travel around from regatta to regatta, the rig is where you find the individuality of the owner. There is no one system of controls, attachment mounts, booms, adjusters or deck hardware to stand the rig. It is almost mind boggling the proliferation of ideas. The time has come to present two specific rigs, as options in equipment and thoughts in design and tuning.
However, bear in mind, the quest of competitive captains is a light and aerodynamically clean rig. Yes, you will see heavier gear, as the specialty of a rig for heavier weather and you will also see that those who have better extension of energy when sailed with thoughtfulness and smoothly. Handling the helm will put you at the head of the fleet faster than the brute power of your sail plan.
It will then not be surprising that a complete rig, pre-tuned for the water and put away in storage will take a week of days or more to complete. The rig is the environment for the sails. This engine is to run and produce power in all conditions of wind, breezes and air, gale to nil. It is a long process. Do not let your attention fade.