Gooseneck Height?

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Gooseneck Height?

Postby rolltak » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:49 pm

In the DS class rules there are measurement positions for all of the mast fittings and the 3 mast bands...Band 1 at the level of the deck, Band 2 at the gooseneck position and Band 3 at the full hoist position. The rules give maximum lengths between Band 1 and Band 2 (deck to gooseneck) and between Band 2 and Band 3 (gooseneck to top of mast). The higher section needs to be set at the maximum because the mainsail needs the room, but the lower segment could be shorter.

The maximum length of the lower segment (from the deck to gooseneck) is 2 feet. Is that what everyone has, or is there a variety of lengths and theories?
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Re: Gooseneck Height?

Postby Bob Damon » Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:18 am

Where the gooseneck is in relation to the deck depends on the length of the mast. The stock masts, especially on the DS II were shorter so there is not as much length to work with to get the full 24" allowed. You want the main luff to fit in the space between bands 2 and 3 so you have no option as far as where the gooseneck goes. Hope that helps.
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Re: Gooseneck Height?

Postby rolltak » Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:40 am

Thanks Bob!
I understand the relationship between the length of the lower section and the section below deck. My question is does anyone make the deck to gooseneck section shorter on purpose for some reason/advantage? Would a lower gooseneck be better, or is having it max height off the deck better?
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Re: Gooseneck Height?

Postby GreenLake » Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:16 pm

lower sail: a tad less heeling moment. Higher sail: a tad stronger wind.
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