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Old 09-12-2011, 11:43   #16
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Re: Loose-Footed Main

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My next main will be loose footed. Better for trimming the sail. The only drawback I have reead about is a potential to get foot flutter.
They have little cords to deal with this both for the foot and the leech.
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:48   #17
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My 700 sq ft main has a loose foot. It makes it easier to shape the main and easier to get it on and off.
same here
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:55   #18
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Re: Loose-Footed Main

This is obvious, but I'll mention to loosen the clew when stowing the main to prevent stretching the foot. Capt.Fred
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Re: Loose-Footed Main

I keep thinking the Rolling Stones lyrics.. "Footloose man" from You Can't Always Get What You Want.
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Re: Loose-Footed Main

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My next main will be loose footed. Better for trimming the sail. The only drawback I have reead about is a potential to get foot flutter.
I suppose you could use a full batten at the foot
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The Gaff Wing sail works great on a Cat... on a Berumuda cut mono not so sure,,,
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Re: Loose-Footed Main

My CR38 has a full battened, loose footed main attached to the mast with the Tidal Marine Strong Track system. Love it.

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ok Guy's you have me convinced,I have a few loose screws in my Head,a loose footed main should compliment my head very well,Thanks again for the input
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Re: Loose-Footed Main

Loose-footed and boomless too, with a 12-plus-foot traveler.

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Re: Loose-Footed Main

I have a 443 sq. ft. loose footed main and love it. it's easy to shape and remove if need be (storms). But one drawback is the set up of the boom. If its sheets are at the end of the boom, it works best BUT if the boom is sheeted in a single spot in center with a loose foot, one has to worry about boom bending and/or braking.

For center sheeting with a loose foot, it's better to have a three point attachment system spread out over the middle 1/4 to 1/3 of the booms center, similar to this picture.
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Ok one more question,How about a roll up main into the boom,they look awsome in pictures ,I am conceding to my age any work saver I'll consider.
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Ok one more question,How about a roll up main into the boom,they look awsome in pictures ,I am conceding to my age any work saver I'll consider.
In the event you want to look up discussions of this topic, it's called "In-boom furling."
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Ok one more question,How about a roll up main into the boom,they look awsome in pictures ,I am conceding to my age any work saver I'll consider.
That's a whole nutter thread>>> Roller Furling Booms
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Re: Loose-Footed Main

Loose footed mains are the best way to go for cruising boats. Also easier to reef and shape the sail. you can tie on anything to the boom for convience. Happy Sailing....Michael..
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Loose footed mains are the best way to go for cruising boats. Also easier to reef and shape the sail. you can tie on anything to the boom for convience. Happy Sailing....Michael..
How are they easier to reef? I don't see any difference from a sail with a boltrope on the foot unless you do not have reefing lines and lash a line through a cringle and around the boom.
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