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06-06-2011 01:07 PM
puddinlegs
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Originally Posted by Biker1bob View Post
Hmm ok thanks for the responses.. I am thinking I am going to do something like the external Harken 4:1 purchase.. I had them put the slug in the end of the sail did not think the strap would work in my case.

James

outhaul purchase blocks/etc... usually live inside the boom. Can't think of any exceptions off the top of my head at the moment.
06-06-2011 09:03 AM
CapnBilll I added a velcro boomstrap on my laser it made a BIG improvement. I don't know how well it would work for a much bigger boat, but the principle should be the same.
06-06-2011 08:59 AM
jimq26
Strap would have worked better than slug.

I say this from experience. I switched to loose footed mainsails many years ago, and have always used the velcro strap to slide on the boom.
Did that on my Shark 24 as well.
06-04-2011 01:39 AM
Biker1bob Hmm ok thanks for the responses.. I am thinking I am going to do something like the external Harken 4:1 purchase.. I had them put the slug in the end of the sail did not think the strap would work in my case.

James
05-13-2011 09:34 PM
Faster If you use a clewstrap you don't need any slug at the clew, just attach the outhaul and the strap holds the clew down to the boom. Less drag, much easier to take the sail on/off. Set the strap a bit loose, say an inch or so off the boom and the strap won't choke on the boom as you adjust the outhaul.

I found a better picture:

05-13-2011 09:33 PM
JimsCAL
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Originally Posted by Biker1bob View Post
SO I could find a car? or slug that will fit my slot, attach the clew to it, and then run it back?

Now I was in the same situation.. none adjustable outhaul. I have a padeye at the end, and a little cleat 12" back up the boom.
Sail should come with a heavy duty slug at the aft end that will fit your boom track. All you need to do is figure out how you want to rig the outhaul - internal or external, 1/2, 2/1 etc.
05-13-2011 09:28 PM
CalebD Quickstep192, congrats on your 10 year anniversary using sailnut. I'll bet Sailingdog is just jealous of your low post count (compared to his).

Biker1bob, I recently ordered a new loose footed main sail.
You said: "Now - I should still have 2 slugs in it? fore and aft?"
I am pretty sure you only need one slug by the clew or out haul end of the sail. The tack should attach where your formerly footed sail attached.
05-13-2011 06:58 PM
Hudsonian Here is the Harken reference you're looking for: Harken Outhaul Systems
05-13-2011 06:28 PM
Faster Nowadays most loosefooted mainsail clews are held down with a velcro strap around the boom - simple. Simply a back to back velcro strap that goes around the boom and through the clew a couple of times.

The only issue might be anything on the boom that might prevent the strap from sliding as you adust the outhaul.
The image is for a Laser, but the idea's the same. Any sailmaker can make one up for you for $10-20 I'd imagine.

05-13-2011 04:28 PM
Biker1bob To continue this then, since I am dealing with the same thing myself right now.

I have a new main coming.. they asked me rope or loose foot.. I said loose foot, so that I could get shape.

Now - I should still have 2 slugs in it? fore and aft?

The clew of my current main has a large eye to attach an outhaul, but it was bolt roped into the boom slot.

SO I could find a car? or slug that will fit my slot, attach the clew to it, and then run it back?

Now I was in the same situation.. none adjustable outhaul. I have a padeye at the end, and a little cleat 12" back up the boom.

I want it adjustable - Harken has good shots of this? I am more looking for an image I can duplicate.

This is a Grampian 26 - so about 4-5" dia boom not very big.

Thanks
James
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