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Re: main sail blown?

Do you have a traveller?
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Re: main sail blown?

Draft position, where it should be
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Re: main sail blown?

Yeah I felt there was something wrong when I found it was so easy to push the foot of the sail at dock.

I changed my leech reef line attachment a bit and I also added purchase in the form of an extra block.

That's the only picture I took:



I think the shape looks much better I let the leech rope out a little. The foot is much tighter that it used to and when I tightened it all the way that crease on the leech disappeared. but I will have to try it to be sure. I just need to find the right crew to go out with.

I also feel like I can play with the rope at the luff on the lower part of the sail. If I tension it more, I can flatten the lower part of the sail a little more. Currently it is locked with a knot but I could play with it too.

I do have a traveler I let the cart follow the main to get a little more tension out of it. Just for info I do not expect the vang to change the mast shape. Just to keep the boom from lifting up when I let the main sheet out a little

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Re: main sail blown?

If you need to de-power the main, you can leave the mainsheet tight and ease the traveller. That way, you don't lose your sail shape, but you change the angle of attack so as to ease pressure on the rudder. This is a temporary tactic I use whne dealing with gusty conditions when i don't want to reef (or reef more).
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Re: main sail blown?

I'm seeing two separate questions that have been confused here:

1-Is the trim right?
2-Is the main blown?

And for #2 I would suggest the snuggle test. Rub your cheek on the main. Would you get rug burn if you used it as bedding? If yes, the sail is probably OK. If the sail is too soft to give you rug burn, it is probably blown out.

Odds are that every lo9cal loft will be glad to schedule a visit to your boat, to loan you someone who knows rigging and sails and can put eyeballs on things to give you a better answer. Sure, they're not objective, but a number of them actually know the best long term business is not to sell you a new sail unles you need it, so some of them are likely to say "You don't need a new sail, you need to..." and if you hear the same story from two or more of them, that's probably true.

On the other hand if they all guffaw and offer you condolences, you probably need a new sail.
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