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Re: Odd Issue with mainsail on NA/Spirit23
I agree with the advice to contact the sail maker and find out why the sail is cut that way.
Having seen the pictures, it looks like this sail was made for a cunningham. If you look at the picture there is a large hole at the tack and a smaller hole above. My sense is that the smaller hole was intended to have heavy duty slug that would be in the track and position the foot fore and aft, and the larger hole looks like it is intended for a cunningham.
blobaugh's sketch would not work without the heavy slug in the track or a strop around the mast since the load from the outhaul would pull the sail away from the mast and distort the shape of the sail.
Sails that are meant to be flown loose footed are generally cut and reinforced differently than sails that are meant for a shelf foot. You may be able to fly the sail the way that blobaugh suggests, but its probably not a great idea.
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