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I was reading the december sail mag. and in the ask sail section, Win Fowler stated that he thought the boat performance of a loose foot was better than an attached foot.
I did a search on sn but didn't find much on the performance issue. I would appreciate your input.

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99.99% of all race boats use loose footed sails. that should give you an idea if they work better

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Re: loose footed main

Switched to a loose footed full battened main from bolt rope in foot a few years ago.
We went from being the back of the pack to actually winning a few races.

Of course our old sail was, well, old and blown out.
The loose footed main allows much better adjustment of the main sail. The draft can easily be lessened by tightening the out haul for high winds or increased for lower wind speeds.

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Re: loose footed main

This is a confusing fact . A dock mate talked me on to her race boat a while back for a race , I was interested to see the main was loose footed . The boat was a Olsen 911 . I was talking to a friend about loose footing my main because I want to make a wood boom and it would be a lot easier if I didn't have to put in a foot track . He told me my boat was already slow enough . Ouch !
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Re: loose footed main

Both wing foot and loose foot sails allow a better shape in the lower portion of the sail as compared old style mainsails. But the reality is that there is no real performance difference between loose or shelf foot mainsails. The advantage to high performance boats of loose foot mainsails has more to do with the convenience of removing the mainsail from the boom which racers tend to do with greater frequency th an cruisers and the elimination for the need for flattening reefs.
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This is a confusing fact . .....
Not confusing fact... contradictory information maybe..

I don't think there's any valid reason to do anything other than loose footed mains unless one of your primary needs is collecting rainwater...

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If there is no reason for track foot mains then why do almost all sail boats come with track footed mains?
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If there is no reason for track foot mains then why do almost all sail boats come with track footed mains?
Good question... I've no idea why the practice persists.. Outhaul friction is higher, the foot doesn't really support any loads anyhow, removal of the sail more difficult...

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Hmmm, I'm really startin to get talked into that wood boom thanks Faster.
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Re: loose footed main

A lot of the boats now come with loose footed mains. Our Beneteau did in 2006.
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