How do I rig an older lark

Kris Vokes

Posted: 20 May 12 13:43
Message ID: 2190
I purchased an older used lark (# 307) for my son who has taken sailing lessons a few years in a row. I have sailed little and only on a catamaran (16' Hobie). We are looking for step by step rigging instructions which would preferably include pictures or diagrams. He will surely start with the main only and eventually progress to the jib. Looking also for safety tips overall on rigging and sailing.

A few questions also. Please excuse the novice wording:

There is no rub rail but appears there was at one time as glue residue remains. Anyone know where this can be purchased or tips on what to use? The edge seems rough or sharp in some areas without the rub rail. I was thinking of sanding some edge areas to smooth out.

There are two clear plexiglass hinged doors over the bailer holes in the transom secured with a bungy. Should these have some type of water gasket? I have read that some people tape these closed. Is that recommended for a starter sailer and if so what type of tape is recommended?

The mast fit's into a "U" cutout in the deck. The mast wires are not tight so there is room to flop about. Is there some "U" gasket missing or other fastener? Basically what all locks the mast in place and holds down from coming lose from the base.

The boom appears to secure to the mast with a long pin that slides in the end but there doesn't seem to be anything that fastens the two together. Does the main sail take care of that when installed?

Thanks Much,

Mr. Kris Vokes
Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (USA)

Garry Packer

Posted: 29 May 12 06:57
Reply ID: 6208
I'll send you a guide to rigging my Lark which should be similar to yours.

When sailing the mast is held in position by the rig tension, there should be a way to apply this to the jib halyard to get the whole rig tight. Mast base should sit on a metal plate screwed to the hog (strengthened section on centreline that runs fore and aft)

Transom flaps should be fine without gasket or tape, if it comes in you're generally sitting too far back in the boat.

Boom is normally held in place by the main and kicker/outhaul tension.


David Emerson

Posted: 07 Jun 12 20:35
Reply ID: 6218
Can you copy me on the rigging guide?

Garry Packer

Posted: 11 Jun 12 11:05
Reply ID: 6222
David can you send me your email address via training@bcyc org uk replace spaces with .


Austin Maude

Posted: 01 Jul 12 23:40
Reply ID: 6241
Hi Garry

Would you be so kind as to copy me in to. I will email you my address.

Many thanks


Bob Suggitt

Posted: 04 Jul 12 13:26
Reply ID: 6244
If you`re sailing with just the mainsail never put the centreboard fully down.If you sail with 3/4 plate the board swivels back and balances the rig which is effectively further back due to the absence of the jib. This is really important in making the boat easy to steer.

Brian Lowe

Posted: 12 May 16 01:33
Reply ID: 6734
Garry, I am refurbishing Lark 1552 and would be grateful for a copy of the email of the rigging diagram. I will send you an email to the address above and just hope that this is still current.

Alan Womer

Posted: 06 Jul 16 13:01
Reply ID: 6741
I recently picked up an older Lark (sail #2) and would love to get the detailed instructions mentioned here for the proper rigging of the boat.

David Menzies

Posted: 18 Jul 16 07:20
Reply ID: 6742
Just bought a Lark at the weekend. It would be really useful to have a copy of the guide, Garry. I'd be really grateful if you could forward me a copy.


Garry Packer

Posted: 18 Jul 16 12:49
Reply ID: 6743
David can you send me your email please. If you sign up for the Lark facebook page you should be able to find me on facebook and then pm me.


Garry Packer

Posted: 19 Jul 16 11:01
Reply ID: 6744
Please don't use the training@bcyc email to contact me as I am no longer training principal. Best to contact me via facebook using the Lark facebook group.


David Menzies

Posted: 20 Jul 16 04:19
Reply ID: 6745
Hi Garry,

Can you let me know the full name of the fb page.
Lark brings up thousands of results! have also tried "owners" etc.


David Menzies

Posted: 21 Jul 16 10:05
Reply ID: 6746
Hi Garry,

Can't find you on facebook. My email address is

Thanks again,


Garry Packer

Posted: 21 Jul 16 11:36
Reply ID: 6747
Lark Class Facebook page is here

Stephanie Burgess

Posted: 12 Aug 18 18:49
Reply ID: 6834
I've just inherited a Lark from a friend who died before he could finish refurbishing it. I would love to get it up and running in his honour but am a bit baffled by the standing rigging, being used to smaller dinghies.
Would love some help/guidance! Anyone on the Isle of Wight?

Colin Lebreton-towell

Posted: 07 Sep 18 12:48
Reply ID: 6835
HI, i have just bought a Lark too #1516 and would be really grateful if you could send me a copy of the rigging diagram too please as i need to see if everything is there as i am used to rigging lasers and visions. Many thanks - my e-mail is

Garry Packer

Posted: 06 Oct 18 11:56
Reply ID: 6836

Alistair Jennings

Posted: 30 Jun 19 19:16
Reply ID: 6861
Hello. Is it please possible to get a copy of this guide as well. I have just bought an old Parker Lark and have no idea how to rig it. I have heard that the jib needs to be in place to hold the mast up? (Apart from the spreader halyards of course.

My email is Thanks so much.