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Year End 2009 
Sail Sense

Because your sails matter! 

In This Issue
Question and Answer
Genoa Trim
Christmas Girft Ideas
Quick Links
E/P Gear 
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The year is winding down and all of us at Elliott/Pattison Sails would like to thank you for your business and support during 2009. We look forward to the coming year as we strive to do an even better job of supporting our customers. We have added a new question and answer section to our web site along with this newsletter so that we can keep you better informed with useful tips and ideas on getting the most out of you boat. But please feel free to contact me directly any time! My direct email is hp@epsails.com and our phone number is 949 645-6697.
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Merry Christmas and Happy Sailing!
Harry Pattison, President Elliott / Pattison Sailmakers
Question and Answer 
 Q: My new mainsail has a loose foot and I have never sailed with one before. What are its advantages and how should I be using it? It also came with a long strap that has Velcro on both sides that was attached to the clew. What is it for?

A: A loose footed main gives you a much wider, and easier, range of adjusting the amount of shape there is in the bottom part of you mainsail. With just the outhaul you can pull the foot tight making the main much flatter, or ease it off and make it as full as you want. Generally going up wind in medium air when you are not overpowered the out haul should be ease enough so that the foot of the  mainsail in the middle is about 3" to 4" away from the boom. As the wind increases tighten the outhaul to make the sail flatter and reduce power. In light air and choppy conditions you can ease the outhaul a little more to make the sail fuller and more powerful. Do the same thing on reaches and going downwind.
The Velcro strap is to hold the clew down to the boom in place of a slug that slides inside the groove on the boom. It should go through the clew ring and around the boom at least 3 times and tight enough so that the clew ring is just above the boom. The reason we provide them is that they will slide on the boom much easier and with less friction than an outhaul slug slide.
Tuning a Swept Aft Spreader Rig
 In my article on Controlling Headstay Sag I focused mainly on conventional rigs with in-line spreaders. On those rigs your adjustments are done mostly with the backstay, runners, and checkstays. Tuning a rig with swept aft spreaders and shrouds is quite different because in these rigs a large component of both headstay sag and mast bend are controlled through shroud tension. These rigs are most often found on boats with jibs that don't overlap the rig.

To start you need to understand what the individual shrouds do, and what effect changing their tension will have.

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