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Aaron Norlund

Mike,

You are probably familiar with boats that have booms on adjustable tracks, enabling the boom to be pulled down by the cunningham to shape the sail.

On boats with set-position goosenecks, there is usually a cunningham ring a foot or more above the main tack through which a line is rove and hauled taut to tighten the luff.

The idea is you can have a sail that uses every inch of your available mast track to give a bit more windward ability. Most cruising sails don't "max out" the mast though, so you can use your halyard to adjust the luff tension.

I do not have a cunningham setup - I stick with my outhaul, vang and halyard, and still manage to get decent shape from my very old, partial-batten-main-that-I-use-without-the-battens-because-they're-a-pain.

Sweet, salmonella-free tomatoes!
Aaron N.


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