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Re: Can sails shrink?
Originally Posted by blackflagsailor
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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