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1/8" cable in genoa clew

Why is there an 1/8" diameter wire cable loop that is about 12" long going through my genoa clew? I bought the boat this way. What purpose does it serve?


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Drying hanger? That's the only thing I could think of.

I've only seen the Jib Sheets attach there, not any 12" wire cable. So when you're sailing with it, you have both attached? Seems like the cable would scratch the shrouds and mast when tacking. When is the last time you sailed the boat?

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Zfactor,

Does it look like this cable hanging on mine??

If it does, I'll tell you what it is.
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Zfactor,

Does it look like this cable hanging on mine??

If it does, I'll tell you what it is.

It sure does....
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Wink Ahhh, ok!!

Here is my problem. I don't know the name in English.

HEY CAM HELP ME HERE WITH THE NAMES, PLEASE

Here is what they do, and you should have 2 of them. One that runs along the edge of the foot, all the way to the tack, and one that runs the lenght of the leech all the way to the top of the sail, to the head.

As that litle cable comes out of the sail, you should have a cleat type of thing (also don't know the name of it). It allows you to pull and "curve" the sail's trailing edge, to modify the way air leaves your sail. Pull will curve it, releasing it will straighten it.

It allows some fine trimming on the sails. That is another tool I use a lot on my sails. Think of it as a FLAP on the wing of an airplane. Does not work with all winds and conditions.

Does your main sail have it too??

Go out in your boat and pull it. Look at sail shape. Its trial and error. Also helps reduce trailing edge vibration.

Hope I helped. Other American guys might give you the explanayion with the right terms.

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I've always just called it a "leach line". Never had one in the foot though
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Sorry...I was hoping that the picture showed a loop and that it was aligned with the camera so you didn't see the circle. It is just a loop through the clew, it doesn't hang down any farther than the line that you show in the picture. I think ray might be right...a drying hanger...

Or might the previous owner use it to attach the wisker pole to for some reason?
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Why don't you take a photo of it, and then re-post.

Sorry

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My boat choice normally is fast boats, therefore I tend to have all trim possibilities I can. Even on my cruising sails, I want that. You never know if you don't want to piss the 55' Grand Soleil while sipping a margaritta!!

I install "leech lines" on the foot also, it allows for better sail shape in the lower part of the sail, too. Like I said only applicable to certain wiind conditions.

But looks like he has something different...

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I have seen similar arangements on Genoa or Jib that had small blocks attached that allowed for a double purchase on the sheet. Not my choice, as it can be very hard on the rigging, not to mention dangerous for the bow man, when jib comes across.
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T34.

You're right, normally used for racing.

When racing, the bow man is "disposable"!! Normally the friend you care less, or someone with no family, so you can loose him.

the only thing.... no bleeding allowed!!.

Mine have these very small V cleats, made of nylon.
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