This tuning guide is courtesy of Jon Sallis. Please email
us if you have any suggestion to add.
LASER STRATOS TUNING
1. BOAT SET-UP
The standard settings for the rig will be the basis of this bulletin, as just about every one will be set up this way.
- Spend plenty of time getting your spreaders set identically
- Ensure the bolts on the spreaders are central and secure thro to the nylon of the lock nut.
- Tape over all the fixings of the spreaders.
- Tape over the top half of all the oval slots in the mast.
- Spray WD40 or similar on all sheeves. (every 2 months)
- Change the MAIN / JIB / Gennaker ropes for top quality products, a big improvement.
- Spray Silicone aerosol on to the bowsprit/pole and onto the deck it rests on selectively.
- Spray silicone aerosol around the chute mouth before every event.
- Mark the jib sliders at 1/3 rd positions
- Mark the boom at the outer end across a 4" range
- Mark the jib halyard to hook position at the point you canít pull on tension any more.
- Tape over all shroud plates and pins.
2. LIGHT WINDS
- Rig tension: take out all slack on main shrouds.
- Jib track set forward.
- Full main, take out the slack in the kicker.
- Remove 2 purchases from main sheet block assembly.
- Keep the weight as far forward as possible, upwind and down wind.
- Donít worry about direction, just keep the speed up.
3. MODERATE WIND
- Rig tension nearly full.
- Jib set 1/3 back.
- Main flatter, kicker firm.
- Keep the weight forward upwind, central otherwise.
- Play the shifts upwind and down.
4. STRONG WIND
- Rig tension as much as you can pull on.
- Jib track all the way back.
- Flat main. As much kicker as you can pull on.
- Use the Cunningham to flatten the top.
- Centreboard up 1/4.
- Weight forward upwind, central reaching, well back otherwise.
- Fly the gennaker it will stabilize the boat, keep the boat flat at all times.
- Follow the gusts down wind. Hold on enjoy the ride.
- Only gybe at full speed, be committed.
- You should be the last to capsize and the first to sail on.
|| © 2003 Laser Stratos Class Association. Last updated on
July 14, 2012.