The raising of the main sail or trimming the sail is perhaps one of the most important first steps in setting sail for any boating voyage. While generally a fairly simple, straightforward procedure, inexperienced boaters can encounter serious snags when they are not careful.
Once you have located the main sail, it is time to raise it. When raising the main sail the basic steps are the same, but you will need to make sure that you raise the sail with caution. Raising the main sail with care is not difficult, but if you are new to this then there are a few simple guidelines that will help you. Following these simple guidelines will ensure that the main sail is up correctly and safely in time for your trip.
Before you even begin to raise the main sail, you will want to know where you want it to go. Most people like to have their main sail on the left side of their boat at the stern. You will also want to know where your steering wheel is located. Once you have located these locations then you can easily raise the main sail using the basic technique.
If you do decide that your main sail is going to be raised high enough to reach the steering wheel, you will want to be sure that you place the rudder between the two sails. Place the rudder between the two sails so that you can move the sail easily as you make your way around the deck. You want to be sure that your rudder is between the two sails so that you can move the sail easily as you make your way around the deck. This will give you easy access to the steering wheel. You will want to take note of how the sail and rudder interact when they are moved from side to side and you will want to make sure that this is working properly.
After you have moved the sail to the position that you desire and found a good location for the rudder, it is time to raise the sail. Make sure that you do not raise the sail too far as this can cause problems with the rudder. You do not want to raise the sail higher than necessary as it can cause the rudder to work improperly. You can raise the sail as high as you would like or just slightly above the water line. Once you have raised the sail to the desired height then you should secure the rudder to the mast so that you are assured that it will be there during the voyage. during your trip. If you have an autopilot then you will want to check that the autopilot is working properly and that it is set to its correct altitude before you move your main sail and rudder from side to side.
After you have the sail secured to the mast and the rudder is secure then you are ready to start to raise the main sail. As you go along the journey you will want to make sure that you adjust your sails so that you are able to keep your main sail in the same position. You do not want to shift them all the time but rather leave some space between them so that you can adjust them as you need to. When you reach the end of your trip you will want to check the sails to make sure that you are satisfied with the way your sails are set up. By following these simple tips you will have your main sail in position and ready for sailing any time you decide to sail.