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 Post subject: outhaul
PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:27 am 
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Hey, Both my old original sail and my new Whirlwind don't have much outhaul ability. I.e shackle connected to the center hole in the sail is at the end of the travel already. Now I do have a longer snap shackle that doesnt help. I assume since these boats/sails are also boomless, there is no need for outhaul? Thanks for comments.

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 Post subject: Re: outhaul
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:42 am 
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You have a Sport with a boomlet??? If so, you have NO outhaul ability. You do have the ability to adjust the shape of the sail slightly by which of the three holes you select at the clew. I found that the middle hole in my whirlwind Super-R Squaretop seem to be the best overall (go figure), and there is not a big difference if you use one of the other two. Most of the sail shaping happens with sheeting tension and matching tension of the down haul. Travler position is also important. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: outhaul
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:14 am 
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I virtually never touch the outhaul on my boat (stock SE with boom). I don't find that it makes much difference, I just set it a couple inches off the boom and forget it. There are enough other things to worry about during a race. Also, the geometry of the tack causes the foot of the sail to automatically get tighter as you tighten the downhaul, so it is kind of self adjusting in a way.

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 Post subject: Re: outhaul
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:52 am 
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I do have a boom, but I get the picture. Tnx.

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