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It's been a while since I've sailed a boat with a bolt-rope footed main... since most of the newer mains are loose-footed, or so it seems. But I seem to remember that pulling the bolt roped foot out of the boom track was a royal PITA and I don't know how easy it would be to do with the main still hoisted.
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All the boats that I sailed that had the main foot attached to the boom, were possible to remove the sail from the boom by pulling on the mast side.

But I'd guess that if it gets nasty, just take the boom off or raise the boom with the sail.

By the way, Antonio sail was boom foot and it was out.
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Ah... When I'm lowering the mast on my boat for short periods of time, I'll pop out the gooseneck pin and leave the mainsail flaked on the boom, and tie the boom gooseneck to the mast. I guess you could do the same thing here.
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