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What is the small line and "plastic cleat" called and used on sails like the one in the picture? How is it used? Thanks
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What is the small line and "plastic cleat" called and used on sails like the one in the picture? How is it used? Thanks
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I think this is a leech line used to adjust the shape of your leech
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Re: sail part, what is this called?

Yup,.. leech or foot line depending on what edge we're looking at. If that edge tends to flutter you can tension the line to stop it.. if it's over-tightened the leech will have a distinctly 'hooked' profile that is not helpful. Old sails will tend to flutter but also tend to hook when the line is tightened enough to stop the flutter. If that's happening they are probably due some minor surgery.

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Re: sail part, what is this called?

Don't put too inch tension on a leach line... They are not normally embedded in a fold (hem) of Dacron but in a fold of the UV cloth. It's got little strength unless new and the line can easily unzip the whole hem from tootsie to tippy top.

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Re: sail part, what is this called?

On my boat, it's just not long enough! I've yet to catch any leeches! but then I can't sail in swamps with 5 draft.

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Re: sail part, what is this called?

folks above are right - making tigher adds camber to the sail - more shape. As wind picks up you let our for a flatter sail. More important is luff tension which controls location of 'curve' - tighter moves it forward, i.e. first gear
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Re: sail part, what is this called?

Thanks everyone for all the great info!!
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folks above are right - making tigher adds camber to the sail - more shape. As wind picks up you let our for a flatter sail. More important is luff tension which controls location of 'curve' - tighter moves it forward, i.e. first gear
The leechline has nothing to do with camber of a sail. It's there to eliminate the flutter of the leech. It should not be used to shape the sail.
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Re: sail part, what is this called?

Here is a SailNet article that describes it:

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