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post #4 of Old 12-12-2011
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Outhaul loads are similar, if not the same, whether the sail is loose footed or not... in fact the friction of a bolt rope foot can make the outhaul harder to move..

It does sound as if your range of adjustment is a bit low.. it's possible the sail was meant for another boat and it was a 'close fit' when someone bought it (probably second hand?) or if not the sailmaker should have paid attention and done it properly.

But as indicated above, even 3-4 inches of adjustment will be helpful and on a non racing boat perhaps totally adequate. In all likelihood your tackle is on the weak side and you may be pressed to get full extension there anyhow.


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