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Old Mar 01, 2011, 02:58 PM
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AH HA, a can of worms, eh!!

I agree with Greg, quote" I have not seen an adequate explanation of pre bend "unquote. Provided the sail luff has been cut appropriately.

Fore stay tension is set by an opposing force, that being the force applied by back stay tension. (& to some degree shroud tension if mounted aft of the mast)

Sail shape is adjusted by many means, shrouds, fore stay, back stay, vang, outhaul, etc etc.

To those of you who subscribe to mast pre bend (forward bend) I would like to ask , how many of you when ordering your sails, what instruction did you give to your sail maker? IE: What radius did you instruct him to build into your luff?
I`ll suggest that most do not know, or simply order blind assuming the sail maker knows all and has mind reading abilities!!

Food for thought? or more discussion?
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