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post #33 of Old 03-05-2010
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All you want to do is position the tack hook so that the tack gromet in the sail is the same distance from the mast as the headcard gromet and is the same distance from the boom as the clew gromet. You can orient the tack hook vertically on the boom as the greater pull will be in the hoist (halyard) direction. Don't worry about boltrope chafe as there is not that much movement there. If anything, it will be a little "stiff" to pull outhaul tension. Your chafe problems will start somewhere near the end of your second circumnavigation or around forty thousand sea miles! Now, do your mods & repairs and go sailing!
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