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post #10 of Old 11-07-2011
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Its main job is to keep the boom from falling onto the deck when you dont have your mainsail up. When the sail is raised, there should be enough tension that you do not need the lift at all. The only other time you might use is to keep the aft end of the boom up in very light wind to maintain sail shape. Observe your telltales in light winds, especially while running, to see if it is necessary.
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