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post #6 of Old 03-19-2003
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Easy Question

While masts, sails and rigging offer significant drag in the form of wind resistance, I really have not ever seen a discussion on the impact of differing friction coeficients for different sail cloths on performance. While I am not certain of this, I would suspect that the surface drag of sail cloth has a minimal effect on performance, expecially on smaller sailing vessels.

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