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Mailsail cut wrong?
I've recently purchased a 24" Bristol ketch that has a strange mainsail. I havn't done much sailiing in about 4 or 5 years so my skills are a little rusty but I'm positive that something is funny with this sail.
I have trimmed it as best I know how, but even at the most optimal levels of trim, it seems that the sail has far too much "belly" to it. If I sail straight into the wind so that the sail luffs, the leech snaps back and forth at least 2 1/2 feet port or starbord. I have found no way to trim this out. The battens are inserted.
In my past boating experiences, mainsails were pretty much in line with the boom/mast... maybe with 6 inches to a foot of travel to either side.
Is something funky going on here? I could swear that this thing was miscut or is the wrong sail (extremely unlikely because of the fittings on it) but it is the only main that came with the boat.
Last edited by copperheadclgp; 07-16-2006 at 06:43 PM.