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Tend to use outhaul a lot though. On off switch upwind/downwind and depending on  wave direction on a lumpy beat.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Mar 20 at 5:41pm
Kicker is king on the Firefly because the shrouds are left simply hanging. Cunningham might go on if very over powered, and used a lot singlehandedly. Outhaul adjusted if it looks wrong or the crew is bored.

Cant believe Larks are massively different, barring the rig tension. Only really sailed Uni ones, though, which weren't big on controls.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote davidyacht Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Mar 20 at 5:42pm
Originally posted by fab100

Originally posted by davidyacht

Originally posted by fab100

Yup, what 423zero says.

Outhaul on boom, downhaul to helm.

The former is more of an on-off switch for up/downwind, the latter a more variable adjustment

Though I suspect that you did them all  LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Quote davidyacht Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Mar 20 at 5:44pm
Oops missed post #1000 but at least it was for you Clive  Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ColPrice2002 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Mar 20 at 8:48am
With my Fireflies, you used as much kicker/mainsheet tension as you could.
The shrouds had to be slack, otherwise the mast wouldn't rotate..
The advantage of that setup was that you had a jib luff tensioner - upwind you let off the luff tension, pulled the mainsheet block to block (transom sheeting), the mast raked back and the boat went well upwind.
Reaching and downwind, add jib luff tension, the rig moved forward.
The outhaul wasn't adjusted much, but the luff tension/Cunningham was used.

Guess it all changed with fixed masts!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Mar 20 at 10:47am
Not as much as you think. Mast rake still vital unwind and down, sails are cut to suit, as rig tension would kill the fairey boats.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote patj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Mar 20 at 12:06pm
On our Larks we always had kicker, cunningham and outhaul led back. Bridle was adjustable between races (dyneema strop). Mast rake was set before you go out but jib tension was also adjustable on the water. 
Now on the Albacore almost everything is adjustable whilst racing and there's too much "head in boat" and forgetting to reset a control after a downwind leg. Life was easier with the KISS approach!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote NicolaJayne Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Mar 20 at 1:40pm
the comment  aqobut  outhaul as on - off switch  is  both correct and incorrect -  a lot of boats have binary positions for  outhaull - tight  for up wind and  ' off'  downwind - to the point i;ve actually seen boats i nthe past with a highfield lever  und the boom for the outhaul  (  set  the position  based on windspeed and themn  flick on / off   depending on point of sail 

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was the Lark one of those classes where there was a slot for the centreboard bolt to be moved fore/aft or am I thinking about N12's?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sussex Lad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Mar 20 at 5:27pm
Originally posted by getafix

was the Lark one of those classes where there was a slot for the centreboard bolt to be moved fore/aft or am I thinking about N12's?


Not on the one I have as far as I'm aware.
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