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Re: Odd Issue with mainsail on NA/Spirit23

I heard back from Hyde Sails. Here's what was said:

"I really don't have an answer for you. It looks to me like maybe there is some hardware missing at the gooseneck. Or the boom has been replaced. Or maybe somebody altered the sail so it could be rigged with a "floating tack" It may be that the sail was originally built with a bolt rope rather than slides on the luff.

I'm really not sure from looking at the pictures.

I think you could set it up with a matching slide on the lowest grommet, attached with webbing. It should be set up so that the slide pulls the luff about 2 mm "tighter" to the mast groove than the slide above it. Then use the cunningham (upper empty grommet) as a downhaul."

That's it.

I did look for some info on a "floating tack." Here's a link to a discussion:

Floating Tack - Sailing Anarchy - Sailing Anarchy Forums

Thanks to all for your comments/suggestions/help. I think I've pretty much got the sail right now... for the most part.

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Re: Odd Issue with mainsail on NA/Spirit23

BUT WAIT... THERE"S MORE from Hyde Sails:

Here's a schematic of a floating tack. Not exactly like what you've got, but similar. However, usually a floating tack is used with a bolt rope on the luff. Usually with a loose foot too.

But this would work for you.

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Re: Odd Issue with mainsail on NA/Spirit23

To add to what @hnash53 posted:

I wasn't personally involved in making this sail, so I have no prior knowledge of what the owner and sail maker were trying to accomplish. That mainsail tack configuration plus that hardware on that boom look like a mismatch to me.

I asked him to get the serial number off the sail so we could look up the history on it. Maybe we can figure out what the original hardware looked like...

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Re: Odd Issue with mainsail on NA/Spirit23

If you aren't racing one-design, feel free to do whatever makes the sail take the correct shape. If it looks right, it is right. After a few days of use, you'll have a better understanding of what needs to happen.

Google images of "NA/Spirit23" seem to show a tack cutaway to allow for an unusually long gooseneck. Fair winds!
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