Another thing to remember when raising the sail is to loosen the main sheet. If it is sheeted in you can tear it with the tension on the halyard. Don't ask me how I know about this one.
Also, tighten up on the topping lift a bit, loosen and free the outhaul, the reefing lines, and the boom vang. Might want to loosen the lazy jacks and pull them forward and out of the way as well.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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