Gust Adjust

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by altair, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. altair

    altair Member

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    I read in the new Windward leg that the "Gust Adjust" is a legal way to tie in the Jens Rig. Apparantly this rig can be adjusted easily while on the water. Does anyone have instructions or pictures on how to set up this system?
     
  2. Gail

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    I had been informed that there would be pictures and an article in the issue to go along with the announcement, but some how that did not occur.

    I will try to get something together in the next 10 days or so. Stay tuned.
     
  3. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    Thanks Gail. Something to look forward to, as I had the same question as altair.
     
  4. Siggs2000

    Siggs2000 New Member

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    I'd love to see some kind of diagram of the "true" Gust Adjust. I experimented with my interpretation of the system at a fall regatta but ended up shaking it out after a few technical difficulties.

    Looking forward to whatever you can get Gail. Thanks.
     
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    Thanks SailandSurf. I've seen that post and that's the system I tried at the Fall regatta. My problem there was that when the sail rotates from tack to tack, the mast does not rotate with it. (because the halyard can't grip the mast tight enough)

    The spar flex adjustment is so fine (as the spare is only flexing about 1 inch in that spot where the halyard is attached) that the mast rotating, can tension or loosen the system enough to make a pretty big difference in setting.

    I'm hoping that the "real" Gust Adjust may have some kind of solution...
     
  7. altair

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    I used this setup last summer but it did not seem to work very well. From what I have heard, the Gust Adjust is different and a better setup. Gail indicated that she is going to try and get something out this weekend.
     
  8. jsdeimel

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    I think some photo's where taken during the NA's in Erie. He set the boat and rigged it for everyone to comment on. Brian McGinnis would know.
     
  9. Gail

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    Hi there sports fans,

    Sorry for the delay ... I simply have too many irons in the fire. I have posted the photos I took to the Yahoo!Groups Sunfish_Sailor page in the Photos section. The file is called "Gust_Adjust"

    You need 2 lines for it to be legal. Basically one halyard you rig normally and use that tail for your boom vang, etc. The second line, your "Jens line," is used for the Gust Adjust version which you "permanently" rig the Jens. Once it's all set, you can quickly and easily switch which halyard you are using (traditional or Gust/Jens) depending on what wind conditions you expect. You can set the Jens line at varying heights depending on how much of the gaff you want to bend off ... hence mini- or maxi-Jens.

    Another author wrote an extensive description on specs so I'm not even going to attempt it! I'll be happy to do a demo at any event I attend. I showed it last fall at Clark Lake and people were intrigued. It's a great safe way to be prepared and make the change without having to drop the sail, pull out the mast or anything else. Leave shore ready for an active weather day.
     
  10. altair

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    Thanks for the photos Gail but are there any instructions to go along with the photos? It would be great if someone would post step by step instructions to match up with the photos.
     
  11. altair

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    Has anyone else looked at the photos gail posted? I have studied each photo but still have no clue on how to set up the system. It appears that the jens(adjust) line is a small diameter line threaded through the end cap along with the regular halyard. The problem I have is trying to figure out how the line is tied around the mast. Does anyone here use this rig and if so could you post some instructions.
     
  12. derekcjackson

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    There are two lines to this rig. The first is the halyard. It is rigged exactly as it would be if you were sailing normally (with no Jens rig). That does not change regardless of whether you tie the Gust Adjust or not. The second line is the Jens line. One end of this line is tied to the upper spar. The other end is tied to form a loop through the mast end cap. You simply pull the jens line from the upper spar through the loop around the mast to tie the jens.

    The trick of the rig is that the halyard is run through the mast cap at the same time as the loop. When the halyard is tight, you are sailing like you normally would (no jens). When you uncleat the halyard, the rig drops into the jens rig.
     
  13. derekcjackson

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    BTW... it is not easy to describe how to tie this rig in words. However, once you see it done, it is really easy to repeat.

    If you happen to be at the Midwinters in FL, I will be happy to show you how to do it.
     
  14. imported_chucktowncolie

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    I'll have camera gear, I'll film it, edit it, and post it on youtube for all to see.
     
  15. altair

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    For those who attended the midwinters, did anyone have a chance to look at the "Gust Adjust"setup? ChuckTownColie was going to make a video of the setup but he was unable to attend. There have been some pictures posted here but it is difficult to see the step by step setup. Hopefully this might have been duscussed at the midwinters and someone could post some info or pics.
     
  16. derekcjackson

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    There were many conversations in the rigging area about the Gust Adjust, and several people were shown how to tie it or a variant. Similarly, there were several people at the regatta using it (or a variant) on the water, including David Mendelblatt (2nd place). Unfortunately, I never saw anyone take pictures.
     
  17. altair

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    I went back and looked at the Gust Adjust photos posted on Yahoo, under Sunfish_sailor. It appears that the line which is forming the loop about 12" from the mast cap is a third short piece of line which the jens line is pulled through. If that is true, is it legal? I thought the jens(Gust Adjust) line had to be one continuous line. Still hoping that someone will post instructions on the proper setup for the real (Gust Adjust).
     
  18. Gail

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    You know, it's snowing today here. Still too cold to go out and rig one up and take more specific photos.

    Two lines. The regular halyard, rigged normally, with a purchase if you like, to a cleat on the mast. The tail goes down through the deck eye, around the gooseneck, and cleats as boom vang. Can use remainer of tail as a JC strap if you like.

    Jens line: One end of Jens line gets tied in a loop through the mast cap , with a 1/2 twist to create a lower feeding location along the mast (same distance down mast as Jens position on gaff). The other end of the Jens line goes up through the "back side" of the mast, through both parts of the Jens loop and gets tied to the gaff at the Jens location. Need to have non-stretch line for this. Cannot use this line for anything else but the Jens rig.

    Basically, you're rigging both and simply snugging up whichever rig you want to use for the race.

    Hopefully I'll get something together before the newsletter deadline. Please get it to warm up!
     
  19. derekcjackson

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    I am not sure why, but during the photo shoott of the images on yahoo the Jens line was cut which created the third line. So, if you rig the gust adjust exactly as it is in the pictures, it is illegal.

    However, the concept and rigging does not change from how it is illustrated in those pictures.

     
  20. altair

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    Just curious to know if anyone out there has set up their boat for the season and rigged the "Gust Adjust"? I am still hoping that someone will post some good pics with instructions. Tried to set it up today based on the info in this thread but I am doing something wrong.
     

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