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post #3 of Old 12-20-2009
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Sailing downwind the main would simply go into a deep pocket like a jib.. the main would readily collapse and fill like a headsail sailing too deep. Also you'd have no way of maintaining leech tension ( no vang)

We've sailed on a Farrier F25C trimaran that was rigged with no boom, but they virtually never sail with the wind aft of the beam regardless of heading.

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