This picture demonstrates exactly how tight against the mast it's possible to get the gaff. It's clearly a windy day and, no doubt, they had been out racing for a while, but still no sign of a gap between the mast and the gaff. I think the whole boat set up looks near-perfect.
In order to get your gaff tight up against the mast, a number of elements need to come together to ensure success.
- Main Halyard
- Gaff band or slot & pin
- Attaching the halyard to the gaff
- Mast sheave cutout
- Halyard cleat or hook up racks
- 2:1 purchase on halyard
- Good rigging practice