RS Quest Rigging/Derigging Guide

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  • do not allow sails to touch ground when de-rigging; keep them in the cockpit and fold them over the cockpit with the help of your sailing partner, not on the ground mats; this reduces wear by salt and sand
  • the Quest is a relatively tall boat; if needed, use foam blocks as props to comfortably rig/de-rig
  • the Quest is also fairly heavy, you will need two people to comfortably move it up/down the ramp
  • unlike our FJs, the Quest has jib sheets that can be cleated; should you capsize, make sure to uncleat them before righting the boat to prevent lee helm
  • if capsizing in strong winds, consider furling the jib before righting the boat, this will increase its weather helm, i.e. its tendency to turn into the wind
  • the rudder is secured down and up differently in the Quest than in the FJ; for your first sail, consider sailing briefly with someone familiar with its operation so no not apply excessive sideload through the tiller, which will damage the system


  • secure paddle under/forward of mast
  • drain plug: check boat was drained, then screw in
  • turn boat into the wind, lower bow
  • check bow line goes around the two dolly stems
  • tension forestay


  • check proper furling line direction around furler

  • check remaining length beyond furling line cleat
  • ensure jib head shackle below furling head
  • clip jib luff as jib is hoisted
  • hook jib tack
  • close velcro
  • feed jib sheets to cleats, do stopper knots
  • furl jib (to prevent jib sheets from tangling around gnav cleat) shy of clew, cleat one jib sheet


  • gently lower boom
  • loosen gnav
  • untie main sheet
  • untie main halyard from boom, keep ball in hand, tie to mainsail head so that ball is on starboard
  • feed black sliding clips and mainsail luff in luff groove as it is hoisted
  • fold port metal reefing loop back so it clears gnav

  • finish hoisting mainsail, cleat halyard
  • secure clew with velcro strap
  • feed downhaul through grommet
  • coil jib halyard, feed under boom into starboard sail pocket, close velcro
  • coil main halyard, feed under boom into port sail pocket, close velcro
  • cleat downhaul, do stopper knot at the end
  • have knot on mainsheet so that boom can move just shy of shrouds


  • holding rudder up, clip rudder in place
  • set tiller over cockpit, raise rudder till it is held up by the tiller notch


    • run bow line around the two dolly stems below handles, clip hook to small bow loop

    • halfway up ramp, unscrew drain plug

Rudder and Rinsing

    • with one hand under the rudder, unclip rudder and rest in forward cockpit for balance
    • turn boat into wind
    • set front of dolly on bow stand, ensuring the stand does not touch the bow
    • if sails got seawater, unfurl jib and rinse top to bottom
    • rinse bow to stern
    • lower bow


    • pull main halyard and jib halyard out of velcro'd pockets
    • uncleat and loosen gnav
    • undo velcro tack strap
    • uncleat and pull out downhaul, outhaul
    • holding boom, pull out mainsail clew sliding clip from boom, rest boom in cockpit
    • uncleat main halyard, gently lower mainsail in cockpit
    • attach main halyard to outhaul line metal loop
    • pull halyard, cleat when boom is horizontal
    • pull mainsheet till tight, secure with loop at main block to prevent boom movement
    • roll mainsail from foot to head, keeping battens parallel to roll
    • fold in and roll mainsail head so that top batten is parallel to other battens
    • insert luff (with stitched line and black clips) first in bag to minimize damage to leech when stored vertically


    • if not done yet, unfurl jib
    • undo jib sheet stopper knots
    • lowering jib in the bow, unhook tack, close velcro
    • undo luff clips

    • remove shackle from jib head
    • secure jib halyard loop to shackle under furling head

    • fold from head to foot, keeping the clips together
    • insert luff (with clips) first in bag to minimize damage to leech when stored vertically
    • release forestay tension

    • remove paddle
    • set dolly on bow stand, ensuring the stand does not touch the bow


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