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Hmmm, I'm really startin to get talked into that wood boom thanks Faster.
What boat? and why do you want to make a wood boom??

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Re: loose footed main

Thanks for all the posts. A lot of good information. Part of my dislike for in-mast furling comes from the loose foot. It always seemed to me that it would mess with sail shape.
Well, lots to think about. What a great resource SN is. Thanks.

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Re: loose footed main

Not a fan of in-mast either, but it's the loss of roach that's the issue rather than the foot..

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Re: loose footed main

Thanks faster. I was starting to go soft on in-mast furling.

So, are loose footed mains a pain to reef? More stuff floppping around? And do they work ok with lazy jacks and all?
How much extra load do they put on your outhaul? Is the outhaul unusable when sailing?

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No different reefing, they work fine with lazy jacks, no extra load...no worries

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Re: loose footed main

This is a really nice primer on loose vs attached foot main sails. Loose Foot vs. Attached Mainsail

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Re: loose footed main

Our out haul has something like a 3:1 mechanical advantage inside the boom. An out haul with 1:1 will not work well at all.

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Re: loose footed main

Regarding comment #7, even with a loose foot the mainsail will still have a slug at the clew. The slug is passed sft in the groove to keep the clew at the boom.
Regarding comment #9, I had a boat with a spruce boom and an aluminum boom; when the breeze freshened the spruce boom would bend so you couldn't flatten the mainsail. God would not have allowed man to discover aluminum if he wanted us to use wooden booms.
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Regarding comment #7, even with a loose foot the mainsail will still have a slug at the clew. The slug is passed sft in the groove to keep the clew at the boom.
Actually, today a clew strap makes more sense, and is becoming more common all the time.

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Regarding comment #9, I had a boat with a spruce boom and an aluminum boom; when the breeze freshened the spruce boom would bend so you couldn't flatten the mainsail. God would not have allowed man to discover aluminum if he wanted us to use wooden booms.
Yes, agree and wonder why wood??

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Re: loose footed main

I found with a loose foot that I can see the lower sail shape much easier and it inspires me to adjust the outhaul more often thereby I get better performance out of the sail.
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