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Re: loose footed main
Yes when the OP mentioned wooden boom and loose foot to his "neighbor" and he said that he was already slow enough, was probably referring to the conversion to wood boom, not loose foot.
I've suffered a season with a 1:1 outhaul, because the 2:1 blocks were busted (internally on the boom)... I'll be changing out to 6:1 this winter. The huge advantage to the loose foot is a stupid simple lower 1/3 draft adjustment. Making the main pancake flat allows depowering pretty easy.
As for reefability it's just as untidy as shelf-foot. But yeah, no different. Go loose foot, you'll be glad you did.
"Rum Line" a 1982, S2 7.9 - Production boat limit tester, blue-water bucket owner, with wine taste on a beer budget.