catalina 30 new sails
I purchased a loose footed main from Gary Swensen, Ullman Sails in Ventura,Ca.
I don''t think that there is any more strain in my loose footed clew than the attached style. my old attached sail had a much lighter sailcloth in the lower panel than the rest of the sail. All the attachments on the new sail are reinforced with webbing and the slides are stainless steel and attached with webbing. The battens are held in place with velcro, which I find perfectly good, and they are longer than on the old sail.
The sail is on a Yankee 30 with a ten foot by 35 foot dimension so is about the same as a Cat 30 sail.
I have no trouble getting the sail up and down and find that with the outboard end of the sail attached it flakes on the boom just as easily as the old sail escept the old sail was much more flexible.
I had the reefs cut a little deeper to make the sail more adaptable for cruising.
I am glad I went with all of Gary''s suggestions and am real happy with the sail.