Dragon - On the Water Tuning Guide

 Wind  Light 0-5knts
 Medium 6-16knts
Heavy 17+knts
 Comments
Sail
Inventory
Mainsail A-7+ for Std. Petti & BB
Manisail A-10 for stiff Petti mast
Genoa LJ-4 / MJ-8
Spinnaker CX-8
Mainsail A-7+ for Std. Petti & BB
Manisail A-10 for stiff Petti mast
Genoa MJ-8
Spinnaker CX-9
Mainsail A-7+ for Std. Petti & BB
Manisail A-10 for stiff Petti mast
Genoa MJ-8 / MJ-8-H
Spinnaker CX-9
The sea conditions and waves can chance
the wind range in the sail inventory
Mast   Rake
121,5 cm (Petticrow)
119,0 cm (BB)
121,5 cm (Petticrow)
119,0 cm (BB)
121,5 cm (Petticrow)
119,0 cm (BB)
Transfer black mark at mast to forstay
Measure along the forstay to deck level
Mast
Ram
Mast 1,5 cm forward at deck level  Mast neutral Mast 2,5 cm forward at deck level  f you struggle with pointing, pull the mast back
Mast
Position
 83,0 cm (Petticrow)
81,5 cm (BB)
 83,0 cm (Petticrow)
81,5 cm (BB)
 83,0 cm (Petticrow)
81,5 cm (BB)
Mast position at deck level is taken from station 4
Jumpers (adjustable)    
Jumpers (fixed)    

Loose

Loos gauge tension 6
Mast straight

Loos gauge tension 6
Mast straight

Loos gauge tension 6
Make sure the mast is straight from side to side
 Upper
Shrouds
Loose gauge tension 14 for Std.
Petti & BB and 12 for stiff Petti mast
minus 1 turn
Loose gauge tension 14 for Std.
Petti & BB and 12 for stiff Petti mast
plus 1-2 turns
Loose gauge tension 14 for Std.
Petti & BB and 12 for stiff Petti mast
plus 3 turns
Tension is taken without plastic. Shroud position
from station 4. is 83 cm all time, for light crew 80 cm
 Lower
Shrouds
Let the mast bend 1 cm to
leeward at spreader level
Mast straight Mast straight plus 1-1½ turn so the
mast bends to windward
 When you set the mast straight, look up at the sail
groove
Backstay Little tension in the very light
Just tight to prevent the mast
top from moving in waves
Just tight to prevent the mast
top from moving in waves
Little tension in the very light to pre-bend the mast
Runners Slack to 15 -16 cm above deck
Mark # 4
From 15 - 5 cm above deck
Mark # 3 - # 2
From 5 - 0 cm this is maximum
Mark # 1
Mark # 1 (tape) runners at through deck level such that
the forestay reads 30 on the Loos gauge.
This is the maximum runner setting
Mainsail Light sheeting; upper teltales
flying straight back
Sheet until the top batten is
parallel with the boom; upper
telltales 20% on leeward side
Sheet until the main is flying nicely
the top batten is 2 degrees twisted to
leeward, telltales are flying straight back
If you struggle with pointing, you must pull the sheet
harder, but check the mast ram first
Main
Traveller
To windward; boom on middle To windward; boom on middle On the middle and up to 10 cm to leeward The boat has to be light on the helm
Outhaul 2,0cm from black band
1cm from black band All the way out to black band The sail has to be flat along the boom in heavy wind
Cunningham Loose Loose - just remove wrinkles
along luff
Just remove wrinkles along the luff In very heavy winds, you can pull hard to move
draft forward
Boomvang Loose
Make sure it is cleated for the run
Loose
Make sure it is cleated for the run
Loose
Make sure it is cleated for the run
On the reach and runn pull so the top batten is
parallel to the boom
Genoa Sheet
Pull so the foot just touches
the schroud at deck level
Pull until the foot is touching
10 cm up at shrouds
Pull until the foot is touching
25 cm up at shrouds
 
Genoa Barberhaul
Mark #4 / 15 cm out of cuddy
15-18 cm from the spreader
Mark #2 / 9 - 10 cm out of cuddy
5 cm from the spreader
Mark #3 / 10 - 12 cm out of cuddy
8 cm from the spreader
 
Genoa
Halyard
Small wrinkels along the luff Just remove wrinkels along
the luff
Just remove wrinkels along
the luff
Make sure that the luff is NOT overstreched
that make the boat very slow
Theis Palm May 2011