Long time lurker, first time question.
A bit of background on myself is that my sailing experience used to be limited to hobie type sail craft. Eventually I wanted something else and as soon as I heard about the Compac Suncat and saw a picture of one with my own eyes, I fell in love and knew I needed one. After some research I finally imported a second hand Suncat to Australia which I have sailed here a few times now on Sydney Harbour. However, I seem to have an issue with raising the sail. Or more to the point, raising the gaff halyard high enough the raise the boom clear of the gallows and get tension in the luff.
I have done my research first on this site before asking this question. I've used plenty of lube on the track and tried to raise the peak halyard with the gaff at different angles. I've tried vertical and horizontal but I'm still not sure if I've got it right. And in the absence of a manual, I'm not quite sure how far up it's supposed to go anyway.
So, I would greatly appreciate if somebody could answer these questions for me:
1. When the gaff is fully raised up the mast, how close should the gaff be from the halyard block? I seem to be able to only raise it to about 6 inches from the block, no further up no matter how hard I try.
2. Does the gooseneck have to be above the long pin, or below the long pin?
3. Are lazy jacks supposed to play some role in supporting the boom to get it clear of the gallows? And,
4. When sailing close to the wind, should the leeward lazy jacks be released to allow the sail to fill?
To some of you these may seem like strange questions to ask but in the absence of a manual or any other compac owners here in Sydney (at least that I've seen, and if there are, seriously, PM me and I'll shout you a case of beer if you can spare some time to go for a sail with me to show me the ropes) then I've got no where else to ask.