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Re: Newbie questions after first time taking out sailboat

Many main sails do not hoist all the way to the top but some do. It depends on how they were fit so you can't go by that.

Also does your boat have an adjustable goose neck. The goose neck is the part of the boom that connects to the mast. Some of them can go up and down.

If it is adjustable you can get the luff tighter by leaving it loose and letting it ride up.
then after tying off the halyard their is often another line that lets you pull the boom down making the luff tighter.

Also check the shive (wheel) at the top of the mast.
If it is frozen or not working properly it is hard to get the sail to set right.

Lastly get some McLube Sailcote from West Marine and spray the sail slugs and track.

What does your main sail feel like:
1. old t-shirt
2. Really good oxford dress shirt
3. Really thick brown paper bag
4. Heavy stiff plastic.

The newer a sail is the more hard, stiff and crinkly it feels.
If it feels soft it is severely worn.

If it has no rips or tears the sail-maker may be able to refresh it for you for something you are willing to pay.

If not it will work just not optimally until it breaks.

Then google for used sails and see what you can find.

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.

Last edited by davidpm; 10-26-2013 at 11:57 PM.
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