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Re: In mast furling and clew
I was out all day on the Chesapeake this past Saturday, and eased the vang and main to allow the boom to ride up to the sail clew. The angle looked to be about 5 degrees from tack to clew, but the performance was pretty good. (Sorry, having too much fun and totally forgot to take any rig pics!)
It does seem that by cutting the sail in that way (without a 90 degree angle at the tack), some sail area is lost and performance may suffer a bit. In any event, I've decided to stop worrying about it and just sail until I need new sails, then address the issue.
Thanks again for your thoughts!