My wife and I just completed our first ever sail this weekend (frankly first time ever at the helm). It was an amazing experience as I have been following this site (and others) for years as well as studying sailing books
. Besides the rookie mistake of forgetting to tie a stopper knot
in the jib halyard
(fishing the line back through the mast
on the water
was fun), everything went fantastic. We even had a few people comment that we must have done this for years after loading it back on the trailer with ease.
but I digress... The question I have is about the mainsail
. Our Edel 540 has a mast
track that slugs on the mainsail
fit into. The problem is that the slugs slip out of the bottom when the sail is lowered. This means that someone has to be standing at the mast feeding the slugs into the track as the mainsail is raised. I know this can't be right, there must be a clip or something to retain the slugs once all the slugs are fitted. What am I missing? All the other boats at the marina have the mainsail sitting on the boom?
I look forward to your answers..