Do people use a strop around the boom for their mainsail clew attachment? our boat has two kinds of mainsails, some have a slug, some need a strop around the boom.
how does the strop work with the tapered boom end when using outhaul in and back out? also, do people with the slug also use the boom sock for spinnaker pole or does the slugged main prevent using the sock?
On Fast Company we went to a velcro stap and the outhaul works fine. Gave up the spin pole boom bag. We find that it stays clear when left on deck w/ the mast end attached. Quicker sets and drops. We rarely us our fore guys any more as they just got in the way. We have a short tail on the bridle if we need to attach fore guy.
the strap worked well this afternoon. i’d rather it be some strong webbing with velcro sewn to it but the HD velcro stuck to itself worked fine. the loop part of the velcro slides great on the boom. the taper doesn’t hurt it working at all.
I am new to the class and might change my mind later but don’t like strops for securing the clew – non-uniform tie downs and too much work attaching and detaching. We have a slug in the sail track (old style boom) attached semi-permanently to the main outhaul clevis which then holds the main down to the boom and out as desired.