One major advantage of the loose-footed main is that you don't need to have slits cut to pass the reefing lines through. Another is that the loose-footed main may be easier to shape since it'll have less friction, since the sail only has two or three slugs rather than a full bolt rope connecting the foot of the sail to the boom—making using the outhaul easier.
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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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