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11-05-2008 11:02 AM
smackdaddy Brakes,

I hope you don't mind, but I cut and pasted your story into the "Big Freakin' Sails" thread. It's just too good not to be a part of the BFS annals.

Keep on sailin', dude!

11-04-2008 07:08 PM
WheresTheBrakes Thanks a ton guys ..
Glued to the election tonight, but I'll send some pics soon..

11-04-2008 05:48 PM
paulk Rockter is right - a picture might help. If there is no hook at the gooseneck, the grommet at the luff might be for a cunningham. With a boat (and sails?) that old, the reef may just be a flattening reef that doesn't reduce sail area so much as simply flatten the sail for stronger wind.
11-03-2008 09:27 PM
farmboy Brakes,

Here's an article from the Seamanship articles (scroll down below the forums). There is lots of great info in these sections. Winter reading for me. Even though you don't have winter down there, you should check them out. Lots of great info. By the way, that sail sounded awesome. I'm jealous.
11-03-2008 09:05 PM
farmboy Thanks Dog. That makes a lot of sense. Given that our boat is 40 years old, I'm not totally aware of newer designs.
11-03-2008 08:21 PM
sailingdog Farmboy-

Many modern sails are loose-footed, and allow you to pass the nettles between the foot of the sail and the boom. One reason a lot of people have their sails modified to loose footed, is that it is often easier to control the sail shape with a loose-footed sail, since there is less friction, which gives you more control with the outhaul.
11-03-2008 08:11 PM
farmboy Thanks bubb.
11-03-2008 08:05 PM
bubb2 Farmboy, you are not missing anything. There are several way to attach the foot of the main sail to the boom. Bolt rope in to a track. sail slugs in to a track. Loose footed mains that are only attached at the clew and tack, usually used with furling main sails. With your set up the only you can do it is to tie around the boom.
11-03-2008 07:50 PM
farmboy My mainsail slides into the boom (bolt rope I believe is the correct term) so the foot of the sail is completely attached to the boom. I have a single set of reefing points a couple of feet up the sail. As far as I can see, the only option I have is to tie around the boom. Am I missing something?
11-03-2008 06:44 PM
sailingdog Farmboy-

If you tie the reefing points to the boom and forget to untie them when shaking out the reef, you're far more likely to tear the sail and end up with a very expensive sail repair... if you've just tied them around the bottom of the sail, it will often not tear that easily, giving you a chance to fix it.
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