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soverel28 05-18-2002 08:26 AM

loose footed or track mainsail
I am thinking of buying a new main for my soverel28. Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of loose footed to reguler slide on foot. I don''t plan on winning races but I do like to be able to adjust the sail.
Paul B

Jeff_H 05-18-2002 09:05 AM

loose footed or track mainsail
I personally prefer a loose footed mainsail to a bolt roped shelf foot. The loose footed sail is adjustable through a wider range of adjustment and is substantially easier to remove from the boom. Properly cut, a loose footed sail does not require a flattening reef. For racing the loose footed sail gets a tiny amount of unrated additional sail area. I have not noticed any difference in ease of flaking or durability between the two(although the shelf foots can quickly get pretty beat up and stretched out).


bporter 05-18-2002 10:04 PM

loose footed or track mainsail
You have way more abaility to adujust a loose footed main. Depending on the configuration you may find tht your outhaul does next to nothing on a slide on main. I''ve seen this on some sails - haul the outhaul as much as you want, there is just too much friction to really pull the foot tight.

With a loose foot the outhaul can have a huge impact on your sail trim. This will have more of an impact downwind, since you can really loosen the sail up a lot.

Having had both, my personal preference is for loose footed.

sailorman_10 05-20-2002 09:52 AM

loose footed or track mainsail
Given that loose footed sails are more adjustable, can one fly a bolt-rope type footed sail out of the track like a loose-footed sail?

Jeff_H 05-21-2002 03:02 AM

loose footed or track mainsail
Not necessarily, because not all mainsails are reinforced at the tack equally. Loose footed and shelf foot mainsails have bigger and stronger tack patches.


soverel28 05-21-2002 04:08 AM

loose footed or track mainsail
Thanks for the info

Paul B

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