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Loose Luff, How Come?
I have had my C36 for a bit over a year. For the last few months, I have noticed that when I raise the main, it still remains a bit soft in the luff. The foot and Leech are both taut.
A few days ago I raised it at the dock using a bowline instead of the shackle, thinking that the splice on the main halyard was somehow not able to make it over the mast-top sheeve. It did seem that I could get the luff tighter that way.
When I sailed yesterday, the luff was once again loose. I don't want to put too much pressure on the halyard, especially if there is a reason for the sail not going all the way up the mast. BTW, the sail only needs to go another 4-6 inches, and there is room on the mast.
My sail is a North Sails loose-footed main with full battens. It is fairly new (3-4 years) and was installed by the previous owner.
Any suggestions on what to try or check? I have used my binos to inspect the mast and sail from the deck, and was unable to find anything obvious. Guess I may be making a trip up the mast if I can't get this issue solved.
Thanks in advance, Bill
Odyssey, '79 CSY 44 Cutter
Channel Islands, CA
"There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage."