Author Topic: Mainsail on the shrouds  (Read 3746 times)

jwspeck

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Mainsail on the shrouds
« on: June 08, 2015, 12:07:05 PM »
My mainsail spends a lot of time rubbing on the shrouds in anything further downwind than a beam reach.

There also appears to be a lot of twist in the mainsail even with my vang fully tensioned.

I've attached a picture from sailing wing on wing a couple weekends ago. Yes, I am reefed and the outhaul could have been tighter but it still happens when not reefed.

Do your sails spend a lot of time rubbing the shrouds?

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Re: Mainsail on the shrouds
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2015, 01:23:28 AM »
I think this is a problem common to many sailboats when sailing deep downwind; not just the 323. I know that my sails have a telltale soiling pattern where they meet the shrouds.
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Re: Mainsail on the shrouds
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2015, 10:30:04 PM »
Out haul is fine, you want some belly in the sail going downwind, the more drag the better. Going wing and wing is a slow point of sail, but fun, that being said you'd gain a knot or so if you poled out the jib. I never let my main sit on the shrouds.