On the first page of every sailmakers tuning guide, there is a reference to how critical mast rake is to properly rig an Optimist. The problem is that this is not an easy job. That’s where this APS Mast Rake Measuring Tool for Opti comes in the help.<
This is no April Fool’s joke, Optimist sailors, coaches and parents. APS has created the most amazing, mind blowing, stupendous, innovative, easy to use, rig tuning tool ever. No foolin’! We present to you The APS Opti Mast Rake Measuring Kit.
I know, I’m selling it pretty hard, but honestly I think it’s an awesome addition to our growing list of Optimist Custom Race Upgrades. This tool is a great innovation that will let parents, Opti racers, and coaches of all levels get their dinghies set up correctly, get the most out of the sail, and balance the boat - making pram sailing even easier.
On the first page of every sailmakers tuning guide, there is a reference to how critical mast rake is to properly set up the Optimist. The problem is, that this is not an easy job.
You generally position a tape measure or, in some cases, the rare metric tape measure, at the top of the mast and move the mast butt while someone else reads the tape to get to the correct length (a 2-3 person job!). I knew there had to be a better way so the rig tuning tool was created which makes setting the rake on the Opti an easy, repeatable, one person job. Having consistent and easy to remember settings for rake will make setting up for the current wind conditions simple. Even the non-sailor parent can help their Opti racer get the most out of their sail and boat and focus on more important things as they look towards the podium.
The kit includes all that you need to easily and consistently
measure and duplicate mast rake and even includes a quick tuning guide inside the handy Harken Sailcloth case. This tool will change your setup forever and is a must have for anyone who has ever spent way too long setting up boats the morning before a big regatta, or any club with opti racers.
Enjoy and sail fast!