To attain maximum performance, while adhering to the rules and
regulations of the current Lido 14 Class Association Bylaws, you
should consider making the following changes to your Lido 14.
- Remove the lip at the aft end of the
centerboard slot per Approved Change #21 which reads..."21. Removal of the
lip at the aft end of the centerboard slot, but not in excess of, or behind
a line representing a continuation of the slope of the inside after edge of
the centerboard trunk, is permitted.
- Use a centerboard that provides very high stiffness
(usually achieved by building the board from wood), minimum drag (through
excellent surface finish work), and minimum weight.
- Locate your centerboard at the maximum depth permitted. This change increases your centerboard's
lifting action. See the measurement drawing in the
current Lido 14 Handbook/Roster and Approved Change #4 for details.
- Locate your centerboard at the maximum aft position
permitted. This reduces weather helm. Refer to ARTICLE
XIII - DESIGN, CHARACTERISTICS, AND EQUIPMENT - CENTERBOARD SPECIFICATIONS
and the measurement drawing in the current Lido 14 Handbook/Roster.
- Set your centerboard maximum forward angle per the
following technique. With the centerboard in the full down position, find the point
on the hull that is 36" aft of the centerboard's leading edge.
Mark that spot. Similarly, find the point on the leading edge of the
centerboard that is 36" down from the bottom of the hull and mark that
spot too. Measure the distance between these two marks. You
should strive for a distance of 52" to attain the angle considered
- Set your centerboard gybe to the maximum permitted by the
Bylaws (equally distributed port and starboard). This increases your
upwind performance by making the boat sail slightly higher upwind when
sailing close hauled. Refer to the following: ARTICLE
XIII - DESIGN, CHARACTERISTICS, AND EQUIPMENT - CENTERBOARD SPECIFICATIONS,
Approved Change # 39, Approved Change #43, Approved Change #54.
- Use a light weight (no minimum specified by the Bylaws!)
and low drag rudder.
- Set your rudder rake to the maximum forward angle permitted
by the Bylaws. This reduces weather helm and drag. Refer to ARTICLE
XIII - DESIGN, CHARACTERISTICS, AND EQUIPMENT - RUDDER SPECIFICATIONS and
the measurement drawing in the current Lido 14 Handbook/Roster.
- Move your jib sheet fairleads to the maximum forward and
inboard position permitted by the Bylaws. See the measurement drawing
in the current Lido 14 Handbook/Roster for details.
- Set your mast rake per your sail maker's recommendations.
These tips are provided by John Papadopoulos,
Champion and Class President.