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Could it be they are not the proper sails for the rig??
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Re: Can sails shrink?

I'm 100% sure they are the correct sails. Even made by Clark. But could I have it rigged wrong? No sure. It's possible. I can't get it to stretch across the boom. It will however make it up the mast. Any ideas?
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So far no go. It's about 7" off still. Of course I don't have a come along so I'm using chain and turnbuckles. But no improvements so far. Too bad. I just about had everything ready for splash down. Oh well.
Get it as tight as possible, then pull the tensioned rope at a right angle (or hang some heavy weights on it). Deflecting the rope laterally will put a huge amount of added tension in the rope. If you are familiar with "sweating" a halyard, the same principle applies. Pull it a few times, then re-tension, repeat...

Also, soaking the bolt rope in water overnight might soften it enough to help with the stretching. Even some synthetic fibers will absorb a bit of water and become a little less stiff.

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The weather is nice and I wanna be in the water. Just said screw it and bought a come along. We'll see what happens.
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Re: Can sails shrink?

So, not to be a smart-allec, but are you sure you didn't mix up the head and the leach?

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Hey the only stupid question is a question unasked. Nope they are correct; I did not mix them up. Cheers!
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Re: Can sails shrink?

Well, I tried the come along trick. Over an hour I stretched it to just almost within reach of the gooseneck fitting when the grommet started to rip free from the sail. I slacked it off and the sail returned right back to where it was before the attempted stretching. *sigh* looks like it's a no go for splash down... I was sooo close! I had Everything else ready for her. damn... I shall call the sail shop tomorrow in Seattle and see what they say. It's a 2 and a half hour drive from here... ugh... At least it was worth a try though!
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You can always ship it. Or order one from elsewhere. Have you checked the inventory at MINNEY'S YACHT SURPLUS - WE MAKE BOATING AFFORDABLE to see if they have anything that might work?

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Re: Can sails shrink?

So... After I sent it in to a sail shop in Seattle, I read in one if my sailing books about a "clew outhaul". Um... So then is my sail really just fine and maybe as these things tent to go, there is always something new to learn? Can someone explain a bit more on a clew outhaul?
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Re: Can sails shrink?

The outhaul flattens the sail along the foot or eases it to give it more shape.
Flatter in stronger winds and looser in light winds

How to Use a Mainsail Outhaul - Using the Outhaul on a Sailboat

I was wondering why you were working so hard to stretch the foot.

Do you have any pictures of the end of your boom? If you don't have a car and a pully, it's easy enough to rig something up to get you going. If you have a bolt rope you can just run a line from the clew pin to the clew of the sail pull it tight and tie a knot.

If you want to have some adjustment you can attach a pully to the clew pin. Attach a line to the clew of the sail around the pully and then tie it off on a cleat on the boom if you have one. Lot's of ways to accomplish this, from sophisticated to simple..would be nice to know what you have.

Here's an example of something simple: http://www.designcake.com/laser/acti...%20outhaul.htm

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