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Disadvantages of a Loose Footed Main?

I have a 39" Vagabond Landfall, cutter rigged full keel cruiser. My main sail is in rough shape and I have another one, nice & crispy. The replacement has 3 reef points and it fits perfectly but the foot has a bolt rope that my boom won't accept and there are no grommets on the foot for my slides. I've considered sewing nylon webbing loops on the foot to accommodate the slides but a friend suggested running it loose footed.
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Re: Disadvantages of a Loose Footed Main?

Running that sail loose footed will work but you will not reap the benefits of a sail designed as a loose footed sail. Also, you may not be able to get that sail optimally tuned without the foot being attached.
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Re: Disadvantages of a Loose Footed Main?

It probably won'tcost much to get a sailmaker to either convert it to loose footed or install the correct size foot rope.
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Re: Disadvantages of a Loose Footed Main?

I would definitely switch it to a loose foot. You might try it out and see how the foot looks, if it seems to set OK, just cut the rope off. If it doesn't set (or look) right, have a sailmaker work it over. I don't think the foot shelf or not will have a noticeable affect on sail performance.
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Re: Disadvantages of a Loose Footed Main?

You can put grommets in the foot then attach slides. We would buy a main with a bolt rope and do this. Worked great and inexpensive
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Re: Disadvantages of a Loose Footed Main?

My last boat started out with a loose footed main. Then I put a track on. Zero advantage of having the track. My current boat has sailed with a loose footed main for 28 years. Zero disadvantage. Loose footed requires a stiffer boom.
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