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Also, loose-footed sails are easier to reef and tension with the outhaul, since there is less friction in the system—the boltrope adds significant friction.

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I'm all for a loose footed main!

I'm all for a loose footed main, the only disadvantage I see is if you have mid boom sheeting and a loose footed main, you need to be careful when gybing. You have a good potential of breaking the boom if you bring it over two hard.
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loose footed Main

Forgive my ignorance around this subject matter, but when reefing, can you just use the cheek blocks and system that already exists on the boom...basically just the same old drill as with a bolt-rope main? I have heard two arguments (one for and one against) concerning lashing the reef lines around the boom. Never done this, but know a few who have. How would this create more stress on the maine vursus using the blocks and outhauls? HELP!
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The individual reef ties along the new "foot" are intended only to gather up the excess reefed canvas and should not, IMO, be tied in tight to the boom. This puts tremendous stress on those lightweight cringles and can cause a tear (especially when they are tied in in advance, before hoisting the sail).

We spent 20+ years sailing in a predominantly heavy air region so reefing was commonplace - we generally just stretched the outhaul(reef clew) and let the excess sail hang. On some boats this may create a problem so you may want to gather it up with the ties, but do so loosely.

Using the existing reefing blocks/lines will work fine.
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The individual reef ties along the new "foot" are intended only to gather up the excess reefed canvas and should not, IMO, be tied in tight to the boom. This puts tremendous stress on those lightweight cringles and can cause a tear
Gotcha! Thanks Faster...makes perfect sense!
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While everyone is talking about loose footed mains what would you rather have - a stowaway mast system or a stack pac? Pros & con?
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SD I am not sure what you mean by less friction when reefing since the foot is out of play when reefing when I create a new foot and new outhaul.
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Wrote that when I was tired.. should be two separate things... Easier to reef. Easier to tension as there is less friction in the system than a bolt-rope main.

The easier to reef has nothing to do with the bolt rope... for instance, I have sail ties for the reefing points wrapped around the boom...just waiting for the sail to drop...They're bright orange, so they're easy to see—so I don't try to un-reef with them still attached.

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I somehow missed that sneider has already made my point.

A point that was raised earlier is that the entire stress is shared by the tack and the clew. That is fine if you have end of boom sheeting. If you have mid-boom sheeting, I would be cautious about placing all the stress one way on the ends and the opposite direction in the middle; particularly on a jibe.

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