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Leech- & Footlines

Hi,

I own a Dutch built Hurley(7 mtr) and have a new mainsail made this winter.On this sail there is a line running thru the leech,exposed at both reefs with cleats.
Headsail(already on when purchased)has similar lines on leech and foot.
Can anyone explain basics of adjusting and what the effect will be?
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As a sail wears and stretches, in heavier winds the leech could flutter extensively. This could cause excess wear on the sail. If you hear the sail "machine gunning" you might want to snug up these leech lines. Same with the foot of the headsail, but probably not so noticable. I''ve also heard of some folks who tighten them up to make a "pocket" in light air. Not sure if I but into this latter theory. Might just depend on your point of sail.
Have fun.
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BigZ,

Thanks for the info, i''ll give it a try some where next week.

Hobgoblin
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Be careful about tightening the leeach line too tight. You can get "leech curl", which may disrupt the flow of air over the sail and lose power. I learned alot about sujects like this in a book on sail trim called "Sail Power".
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