Actually, setting up the reefing lines on a loose-footed main may be easier than on a boltrope-main. The reefing lines can be attached to the boom with a simple bowline, rather than requiring any hardware to terminate the end of the line, as is required on the boltrope mains.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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