Just purchased a rl24 after few years of crewing on a mk 3. Previous owner changed name to 'captain morgan' and had little history. Sail number 97 with swivel/tapered mast, thinking is mk 2 but not sure. With no other info on the boats history, how do I know if mk1 or mk2 and how do i set side stay tension? Mk3 ive sailed on seemed quite loose compared to how this rigs been tensioned. Any assistance would be appreciated.
Your boat would be a Mk1, it was built at the end of the run and just before the Mk2 was produced in 1976, so it may have a few of the features of the Mk2.
Previously called Jasper 2 and Captain Morgan you will find it listed in the register of owners.
If my memory serves me right I think that your mast would have been set up with upper shrouds and no lowers as was the trend then and with a diamond spreader, and these rigs were set up quite tight.
Thanks sincerely for your reply Rob. The mast has inner and outer stays, and after finding jasper2 on owners register, found a very imformative discussion on 2side stay rig tensionin . This site and your rl class is a testament to the passion so many people have for your yachts. Thanks again.