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post #14 of Old 11-14-2006
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No, you may not suppose that. In a properly made mainsail there should be absolutely no difference in strength between a loose footed sail and a mainsail with a foot bolt rope. In heavy air, the outhaul is tensioned such that that the shelf at the foot of the sail is collapsed and so the bolt rope has no load on it at all. In heavy going (prior to reefing) with either type of mainsail, the full loads are taken by the outhaul and clew strapping and not by the foot of the sail.

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