[MHml] mast rake
lforgy at coursemark.com
Wed Nov 15 04:13:18 EST 2006
I'm replacing the rig on my Macgregor 36, as I have the opportunity to
change from my fixed mast to a rotating one, and found a used but
reasonably good fully battened main to replace the piece of junk I have now.
The old mast was vertical with no mast rake, but there is a suggestion
to include some (4 to 8 degrees) of rake with the new mast, which is
what it had on the boat where it was previously used.
What exactly is the point of mast rake anyway? If it is just to balance
the boat, rake is going to make my boat more unbalanced. Is there some
aerodynamic reason for rake? I'm inclined (no pun intended) to just
make the stick vertical unless there is a compelling reason not to.
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