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Old 10-18-2007
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Pam,

There was a bit of discussion on the merits of mid-boom sheeting not long ago:
Mid-to-End Boom Mainsheet

Certainly changing to a loose-footed main would increase the force on the end of the boom (it's no longer even distributed along the length of the boom) and could break it. Having extra tension on your topping lift and vang wouldn''t help either.

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