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post #5 of Old 10-29-2004
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Main Sail Shape

Thanks Bob, it helps.

I have an outhaul and a cunningham, the outhaul appears to be as tight as it will get.
I do not have a vang or adjustable backstay.
I took a good look at the boat today (and other nearby ones), it appears that to add hardware that enables traveller adjustment will be easy. I can add a six to one block and tackle on each side. The boat already has extra line locks and a small winch that I don''t use.
I also noticed that I have the topping lift set too tight/short and can''t pull the boom down hard enough.

OK let''s see.
To increase sail power loosen the main sheet which will add twist. Moving the traveller to keep a good sail angle to the wind.
To lower sail power. Flatten the main, move the traveller off the wind, reef the sail.

I''ll probably continue to reef early, it''s easier inside the harbour or at my slip, and the most important thing is to keep my wife happy (she doesn''t like heeling over 10-12 degrees unless she''s driving).

Again, thanks
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