Main advantages of having slugs over a boltrope is that the sail is going to have less friction when being hoisted or lowered. You can also leave the slugs in the sail track when reefing the sail, which makes it easier to manage. Finally, get the sail with a loose foot, which makes it easier to control the shape of the sail, especially with the outhaul, since there's less friction against the boom. You can also get your reefing lines around the boom without having grommets or cringles put in the sail on a loose-footed sail.
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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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