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RS Quest Rigging/Derigging Guide

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  • do not allow the sails to touch the 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 the paddle under/forward of mast
  • drain plug: check that the boat was drained, then screw in the drain plug
  • turn the hull into the wind, lower the bow
  • check that the bow line goes around the two dolly stems
  • tension the forestay


  • check that the furling line is furled in the proper direction around the furler
  • check that there is only a short remaining of line length beyond furling line cleat
  • ensure that the jib head shackle is attached below the furling head
  • clip the jib luff as the jib is hoisted
  • hook the jib tack
  • close the velcro protecting the hook
  • feed the jib sheets to the cleats, do stopper knots at the ends
  • furl the jib (to prevent jib sheets from tangling around the gnav cleat) shy of the clew, cleat one jib sheet


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

  • finish hoisting the mainsail, cleat the halyard
  • secure the clew with velcro strap: back through the two loops, then forward in between the two
  • feed the downhaul through the grommet
  • coil the jib halyard, feed it under the boom into the starboard sail pocket, close the pocket velcro
  • coil the main halyard, feed it under the boom into the port sail pocket, close the pocket velcro
  • cleat the downhaul, do a stopper knot at the end


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


    • run the bow line around the two dolly stems below the handles, clip the hook to the small bow loop
    • halfway up the ramp, unscrew the drain plug and drain any water that seeped in, then screw the plug back

Rudder and Rinsing

    • with one hand under the rudder, unclip the rudder and rest it in the forward part of the cockpit; this helps balancing the boat on the dolly
    • turn the boat into the wind
    • set the front of the dolly on its bow stand, ensuring the stand does not touch the bow
    • if the sails got sprayed by seawater, unfurl the jib and rinse both sails, top to bottom
    • rinse the hull, above and below, from bow to stern
    • lower the bow


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


    • if that is not done yet, unfurl the jib
    • undo the jib sheet stopper knots
    • lowering the jib in the bow, unhook its tack, close the tack velcro
    • undo the luff clips
    • remove the shackle from the jib head
    • secure the jib halyard loop to the shackle under the furling head
    • fold from head to foot, keeping the clips together
    • insert the luff (with clips) first in the bag to minimize damage to the leech when stored vertically
    • release the forestay tension
    • remove the paddle
    • move the boat to its storage spot, keep the dollies tight together to make good use of space: about 1 inch in between hulls or dollly wheels, except for a 1ft passage abeam the water hose
    • set the front of the dolly on the bow stand, ensuring the stand does not touch the bow of the hull

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