Jun
17

Attaching the Wing to the Hull

The wing is placed onto the hull just aft (behind) the rear hatch. The Wing should be placed with the arms angling forward and the TRIAK Burgee (red triangle) toward the rear hatch. See photo below.

  1. Release the mainsheet cleat to loosen the line.
  2. Release the rudder-up haul cleat to loosen the line.
  3. Slide the wing under the mainsheet and rudder lines.
  4. Secure with 4 hand bolts.

 

Keep the 4 bolts loose until all are ready to be tightened. After all 4 are installed, tighten the bolts.

You may raise the rudder with the rudder-up-haul on the Port side and tighten the mainsheet when done.

Wing Attachment 1

Slide the Wing under the mainsheet and rudder uphaul lines.

Hand bolt and wing placement

Securing the Wing with the hand bolt

Jun
17

Float Installation

Align each float then thread the hand bolt. Make sure the fit is snug, but not too tight.

Each float is marked PORT (left) and STARBOARD (right) and the arrows should be facing forward.

IMPORTANT: Cradle the float into position against the bottom of the wing before threading the hand bolt.

CAUTION: If you thread the bolt with the float not aligned properly, you risk stripping the captive nut inside the float. This could render your float useless and require replacement not covered under warranty.

The float bolts should be threaded tightly – a snug fit – but should not be overly tight.

Incorrect way to attach float to wing

This shows the incorrect way to attach the float to the wing.

Proper way to install float on wing
The correct way to attach the wing and float

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Float Plugs

Each float has a plug to help drain any water that enters and also to let air breathe when stored. It is very important to open the drain plugs when not using your TRIAK. The floats are very well sealed and when exposed to heat and cold, the air inside will expand and contract and possibly damage the part.

Float Plugs

Float Plug

Jun
17

Stepping the Mast & Rigging the Furling Lines

Step the Mast

  • Insert the Mast into the Mast Tube (bottom photo).
  • Important: insert mast all the way into the “Donut” base.
  • Rig the Main Unfurl Line
  • This is the blue line that runs off the Left side of the furling unit from the lower drum.
  • When the sail is furled on the mast, most of this line will be wrapped around the drum.
  • There is a black mark on the line about 16” from the end. This mark should be just outside of the drum.
  • Take the end of line and thread through the strap-eye marked “ Main Un-furling Line,” left of the Daggerboard.
  • Tie a figure-eight stopper knot on the end.
  • Rig the Main Furl Line
  • With the mast furled, there should be only 1-3 wraps of the green furling line on the top drum.
  • Wind or unwind the line accordingly – in a clockwise direction – until there are 2-3 wraps on the drum
  • Thread the end through the cleat marked “Furling Line” just to the right of the Daggerboard.
  • Tie a figure-eight stopper knot on the end of the line.
Stepping the Mast

Stepping the Mast

Furling & Unfurling Lines

The Unfurling line is blue and comes off the Left side of the drum.

The Furling line is green and comes off the Right side of the drum. When furled, most of the Unfurl (blue) line will be wound with only 1-2 wraps of the Furl line.

Mast Donut

Donut on bottom of mast tube that mast must lock into.

Furling Lines

Furling Line Correct Setup

Jun
17

Mainsail Rigging

Rigging the Mainsail

1. Un-cleat the mainsheet from the deck cleat to the right of the daggerboard.

2. Locate the end of the mainsheet coming out of the Harken swivel block at the stern (rear).

3. Pull the mainsheet forward toward the bow and attach it to the clew of the sail.

4. Tie the mainsheet to the clew using a bowline knot.

Mainsail Rigging

De-rigging the Mainsail

Untie the Mainsheet and tie a Figure-8 Stopper knot on the end. Pull the slack from the deck cleat until the knot is against the block at the stern of the boat. Place the bungee on the furled mainsail. Done!

Jun
17

About the Spinnaker

The TRIAK features a true asymmetrical spinnaker that launches and stows into a convenient snuffer located on the bow. It is easy to rig, and a blast to sail!

Similar to a spinnaker on a large boat, the TRIAK’s spinnaker is used when on a beam reach, broad reach or running down wind. If the breeze is very light, it can be sailed into the wind and even tacked, but it is optimally designed for off-wind sailing.

The spinnaker is best used in consistent wind up to 15 knots. It can be used in higher winds, but above 15 knots of wind the mainsail has plenty of sail area for exhilarating sailing and when using the spinnaker, sailing experience is recommended.

TRIAK trimaran sailing kayak asymetrical spinnaker

The TRIAK Asymetrical Spinnaker

TRIAK trimaran sailing kayak asymetrial spinnaker

The Spinnaker is great fun in a good breeze

Jun
17

Sailing the Spinnaker

LAUNCHING

When launching the spinnaker it is best to be on a broad reach with the mainsheet out and cleated so it isn’t over loaded. When ready, simply pull the blue halyard line and the spinnaker will deploy out of the snuffer. When the spinnaker is fully raised, cleat the halyard then grab the leeward sheet and off you go!

RETRIEVING

To retrieve the spinnaker, sail on a broad reach and cleat the mainsheet. Drop the sheet and grab the red retrieval line located just to the left of the daggerboard. When ready with the retrieval line, uncleat the spinnaker halyard and pull the retrieval line. Some tugging may be necessary when the spinnaker is ½ way down and entering the snuffer bag. Don’t be afraid to tug with some force to get the sail all the way in the bag.

GYBING (& tacking!)

Gibing the spinnaker is extremely easy. As you are coming about and the wind swings around the back of the boat, drop the old spinnaker sheet and grab the new spinnaker sheet and pull the sail around. The mainsail will gibe above your head. If the wind is light and you are able to sail into the wind it is sometimes possible to tack the sail. As the TRIAK tacks through the wind, drop the old sheet and pickup the new sheet, pull the sail around, then trim the sail.

SAIL TRIM

In general a spinnaker is in perfect trim when sheeted out to where the leading edge of the sail is just curling. If the spinnaker starts to collapse, sheet in until it is full again. The spinnaker works best when not sheeted in too tight. So, “when in doubt, let it out!” It’s a blast sailing the TRIAK with the spinnaker sheet in one hand, the mainsheet in the other, healing your torso over and feeling the boat accelerate in puffs and when in perfect trim.

MAINSAIL FURLING WHILE THE SPINNAKER IS RIGGED

Atop the mast is a swivel block attached to a rotating wand. As you furl and unfurl the mainsail, the spinnaker halyard must have some tension applied so it doesn’t wrap around the mast while furling. Before you furl or unfurl the mainsail, check to make sure the spinnaker halyard is cleated with tension. If the halyard gets wrapped when you’re furling, simply unfurl to clear the halyard, tension the halyard, and re-furl.

Jun
17

Rigging the Spinnaker Halyard

  • Pull the mast out so you can reach the mast-head swivel block
    • Try to keep the base of the mast out of the sand by laying the mast along the wing and deck
  • Using a bowline knot, tie the blue halyard line to the head of spinnaker (marked ‘HEAD’ with blue patch)
  • Take the other end of blue halyard and run it through block at top of mast – pull most of the line through
  • Re-step the mast into the boat
  • Now, run the end of the halyard through the block on port (left) side of bow
    • Feed line through block from fore to aft (front to back)
  • Run the line through the deck cleat marked “SPINNAKER HALYARD” on the port (left) side of daggerboard
  • Tie a figure-eight stopper knot on the end of the line

Spinnaker Rigging

Spinnaker Rigging

Top of Mast

Spinnaker Halyard Attachment Site at the top of the Mast

Jun
17

Spinnaker Sheets Rigging

  • Tie one end of the red sheet to the clew of the spinnaker (red corner labeled ‘CLEW’ on the sail)
    • Use a figure-eight stopper knot
  • Run the line back to the cockpit and around the back rim of the seat/cockpit
  • On the opposite side of the boat, run the line forward and tie end to the tack of the spinnaker
    • Make sure the line goes forward of the halyard before tying to the sail
    • Tie using a figure-eight stopper
  • The sheets will be loose on each side of the boat wrapping around the back flange of the cockpit
  • Excess line can be placed inside the cockpit

Securing the spinnaker sheet at the "clew"

Spinnaker Sheets

Test the Spinnaker before heading out

Once you have the spinnaker rigged, it is always a good idea to test launch and stow the spinnaker to make sure all the lines are rigged correctly before heading out on the water. Make sure the halyard is clear and also the spinnaker sheets are rigged around the front of the spinnaker halyard and not between the halyard and the mast.

Jun
17

Spinnaker Tackline Rigging

The green tack line is preinstalled at the factory and connects the TACK of the spinnaker (labeled on the sail) to the bow of the TRIAK. Simply rig a loop from the sail, through the strap-eye on the bow and back to the sail. The length should be enough so the TACK of the sail is mostly inside the snuffer bag, however this can be tuned to your preferred length.

  • Tie the line to the TACK of sail with a bowline knot
    (marked ‘TACK’ with green patch)
  • Run the other end of the tack line through the strap-eye on the bow of the boat and back to the sail
  • Tie off the excess line using either a series of 2-3 half-hitches, a figure-eight stopper knot or a bowline
  • The standard length of the line leaves the TACK of the spinnaker just outside of the snuffer bag

    Tackline

Jun
17

Retrieval Line Rigging

The retrieval line is pre-installed at the factory and the standard line is a 3/8” red sta-set yacht braid.  On the spinnaker, there are two patches on the sail with small white loops. The retrieval line is tied to the top loop, run through lower loop, through the snuffer bag, then into the cockpit.

  • Tie one end of the retrieval line to the top loop on the spinnaker (close to the Head)
  • Run the line from the top loop through the lower loop/patch
  • Now run the retrieval line through the snuffer bag from the bow toward the cockpit
    • Exiting the snuffer bag, run the line through the grommet
  • On the deck, run the line through the strap-eye labeled “SPIN RETRIEVER”
  • Tie a figure-eight stopper on the end of the line in the cockpit! Important so it doesn’t get sucked out when the spinnaker is launched

Retrieval Line

 

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