Sail Rigging Guide

This windsurfing 101 lesson is intended to be a basic overview on how to set-up and rig a sailboard sail. Please keep in mind components vary and differ from brand to brand. This may not be specific to your model. It is simply a reference guide!


Nautix Base/ Base Extension:

1. Thread downhaul rope up hole located under the cleat area, and knot bottom end. 

2. Feed loose end of downhaul back down through cleat area.

3. Expose loose end of downhaul rope past end of cleat.

4. When process is complete it will create a large loop.


Rigging Sail:

1. Roll the sail out with the bottom of the sail closest to the wind.

2. Find the Sail Specification Markings on foot area of sail. (This refers to the proper settings of overall mast length and boom length necessary to rig the sail properly.)

3. Insert the top half of mast into the mast sleeve and slide up towards the top of sail. 

4. Be sure to keep top inserted past the boom opening area of mast sleeve.

5. Insert the bottom half of mast into the top half.  (Be sure there is no dirt or sand in top half or on bottom half of mast at this connection point.)

6. Be sure that the two halves of the mast are connected together completely, and continue to slide mast to the top of the mast sleeve.


Rigging Sail continued:

1. Slide mast up to very top of mast sleeve to the top haul cap area.

2. Fit the top cap onto the top of the mast.

3. Notice that some sails will have a top haul strap to be adjusted as necessary to for proper luff length compatibility.  (You want to avoid too much extra mast projecting out of the top of the sail if possible.)

4. Insert your mast base extension into the bottom of the mast.  (Some extensions are fixed, other adjust to desirable lengths to match Luff specifications of sails. Fixed extension shown here.)

5. Be sure Base Extension is fully inserted into the bottom of mast. 

6. Draw looped end of downhaul rope to the tack grommet.

7. Pull downhaul loop through the grommet and back down towards base extension.


Rigging Sail continued:

1. Attach looped end of down haul over the left end of the pulley cleat assembly of the base extension. (It is open and grooved for easy attachment.)

2. Hold loose end of downhaul rope in your hand and place a foot on the bottom of the extension..

3. Pull with hands while pushing foot against the base extension. Use leg strength here as much as possible to downhaul vs. your arms and back.  (Use of a downhaul tool can be advantageous and ease the downhaul process.) 

4. Pull downhaul until tack grommet is within 0"-1" of the pulley/cleat assembly.

5. Tie off the loose end of the downhaul rope to the bottom of the mast.  Create a loop with mid section of loose end of downhaul and pull up and around mast.

6. Wrap loop around mast until end only a small loop is remaining.

7. Tie off remaining loose end by passing it through the small loop and tie a half hitch knot. 

8. Fit mast pad in place and Velcro around base of mast. 


Boom length adjustment: 

1. Adjustment collar on Epic boom is an external pin that locks the boom length in place on both sides of the boom arms. Slides open with pressure applied to both tabs of the collar. Adjust to match the Sail specification marking for boom length noted on the foot of the sail.

2. Length adjustment marking found on the rear telescopic section of boom. (Be sure the markings are consistent on both sides b4 closing the collars.)

3. Close collar completely to lock into position.


Boom Attachment Sequence:

1. Slide boom up from the foot of the sail to boom opening area of mast sleeve. (Be sure clamp-on front end of boom is closest to the mast.)

2. Open clamp-on lever and lift backing plate of the clamp-on away from backside of mast. (Be sure the in-haul rope is removed off the lip/ flange of cup area on boom front.)

3. Push clamp-on cup against the mast.

4. Place the inhaul rope onto the lip/ flange of the clamp-on.

5. Be sure the rope is secure on the entire lip/ flange.


Boom Attachment. Continued: 

1. Locate the loose end of inhaul rope inside the clamp-on lever, and pull the inhaul until lightly snug.

2. Cleat off loose end.

3. Close handle. (You will notice resistance at the 1/2 way closed point, followed by a snapping closed noise. If rope is too tight, don't overly force handle closure as it may crack the mast.)

4. Image of handle closed and clamp-on contact area snug against the mast. (If the boom front slips down while sailing, add more tension the inhaul rope.)  

Boom Rear End - Outhaul sequence:

1. Insert outhaul rope through the clew grommet (located on the back corner of the sail).

2. Insert the outhaul through the grooved channel on rear end of boom, below the starting point of rope.

3. Follow rope guide to exit the topside of rear end of boom.

4. Re-enter the outhaul through the clew grommet of sail for 2nd time but in opposite direction.

5. Insert the outhaul back through the rear end of boom entering the cleat area.

6. Apply some tension and your result should look like this image.

Boom Rear End - continued:

1. Grab a hold of the loose end of outhaul and press your foot up against the rear end of the boom.

2. Push with your foot and pull with your hand to tension the outhaul properly.

3. Pull the clew into the rear end of the boom.  (Avoid any gap here, so the rig is very compact.)

4. Tie off remaining loose end of outhaul rope to avoid accidental release while sailing.  Feed outhaul through open hole in rear end of boom.

5. Wrap loose end around the boom tube.

6. Near the end of wrap, feed outhaul rope under itself and snug up the slack for a compact and clean results. 

Fine Tuning Sail:

1. Place the bungee uphaul loop around the base pad area at the foot of the mast. (Do this before connecting your rig to the board.)

2. The sail should look like this image when rigging is completed.

3. Be sure that the leading edge of the batten tip located above the boom, does not push forward of the leading edge of the mast sleeve.  (If it does, you need to apply more down haul and or outhaul tension.  If you don't correct this, the battens will rotate poorly around the mast.) 

4. The top outside corner of the sail  "Leech" should have a loose look to it between the top and 2nd from top battens.

5. Here is a closer view of the loose leech look.

6. One more view of this from the leading edge of mast looking aft towards the top leech area.