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Re: Newbie questions after first time taking out sailboat

Another common problem that causes a baggy sail is that you have the mainsheet tight while you are tightening the halyard.

The luff of the main sail may not get to the correct tension unless you slack the mainsheet.

Another common problem on an older sail is that the bolt rope, the rope sewed into the luff, can actually shrink a lot, several inches is not unusual.
This means that when the luff is as tight as you can get it the sail material will still be baggy.

It should not cost too much to have the sailmaker check the bolt rope and the general condition of the sail.

The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.

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