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Old 11-05-2007
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The foot of your mainsail has a boltrope... that is the wire-like piece that slides into the track on the boom. Most newer sails are loose footed, and usually only have two sail slugs on them—one by the clew and one near the tack.

Does your sail have any reefing points in it?? If not, then it is a moot issue. If so, does it have any grommets or cringles along the foot of the sail? If not, it may be worth getting them added, so that you can tie the reefing lines around the boom. I'm generally leery of having the padeyes take a lateral load like that, since they're really not designed to resist lateral loading that way—and if you're having to reef the sails, the loads on the padeye are going to be considerable.
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