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The advantages of a track are simple. The track and boltrope leave the dodger more evenly tensioned, and also spreads the strain of the connection on the dodger across more of the deck. Finally, it helps keep water from coming back past the dodger, since the boltrope and track seal the join much more completely than using the studs.

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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.

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