My initial setup dimensions were from the instruction manual, however the Main had multiple wrinkles from the Tack up at a 45 deg angle up to the 1st batten. I didn't actually get the exact measurements on the fore and aft stays, something like 1120 fore and 1090 aft. So I went looking for other setup dimensions and found this:
There is a very good tuning guide here...it's in German, but your Google Chrome or Internet Explorer will translate to English. The dimensions are shown in a spreadsheet and also very detailed photos of each measurement.
My initial setup dimensions were from the instruction manual, however the Main had multiple wrinkles from the .
After sailing several times with the recommended dimensions fore and aft, I had to ease the Backstay Length from the recommended 1090mm to 1115mm, and the Mast Rake (foreward dimension) was 1110mm vs. 1135mm. With this basic setup, the wrinkles were gone. I was curious as to why my boat setup was so different than the instruction manual, so I started a discussion on the Dragon Flite 95 USA Facebook Group and received a bunch of feedback. This led to a flurry of posts about the Main Mast Stub and the location of the bevelled collar on the Stub. This collar comes already positioned and glued to the Stub for the supplied "A" Rig assembly. I unrigged my boat and took a measurement from the bottom of the stub to the top of the collar and it measured 105mm, took a photo to be sure others measured the same distance as a comparison (see photo attached). One post suggested I watch the YouTube video DF95 B Rig Kit Assembly Instruction Video and at the 3:50 mark it shows a dimension of 100mm.
This caught the attention of Chuck LeMahieu, the CEO at Dragon Sailing North America, who chimed in and offered to send me a new Mast Stub as a warranty issue (it's in the mail). He also mentioned there was a DF 95 Build Video in the works. I'm glad I didn't glue the Mast Stub into the Mast, or both pieces would have to be replaced. Chuck was going to confirm the correct dimension and get back to me.
Soooo, in summary: The way the Mast and Boom assembly is designed, the location of the bevelled Collar on the Mast Stub determines the overall height of the Mast above the deck, and therefore determines the length of the Backstay and Mast Rake dimensions.
I will follow up when I receive the replacement Mast Stub and Chuck's feedback on this issue.
Brent Headberg Dragon Flite 95 #676 PBGMYS
Last Edit: Dec 10, 2018 8:16:57 GMT -5 by Webmaster