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post #17 of Old 04-06-2007
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Preventers aren't generally rigged on racing boats, because they tend to interfere with tacking and gybing. Downhauls.... not really all that common in the age of roller furling, but the were very common on most of the boats I've seen that raced with hanked on sails. The faster you can switch sails, the better off you usually were.

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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

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