Clew Tie-down

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There are a couple of variations of the clew tie-down that are used to keep the mainsail clew down close to the boom as you adjust the outhaul.

These include small diameter (eg. 1/8 in) length of rope, which is wrapped around the boom and through the clew 2 or 3 times, and then tied it off. Be careful not to tie the clew off too tight, otherwise, it will not slip along the boom when adjusting the outhaul.

Other designs consist of a strap (eg. velcro) that holds the clew close to the boom but allows it to easily slide along the boom as the outhaul is adjusted.

Having the clew secured close to the boom is important to ensure best sail control and trim.

Clew Tie-down

Clew Tie-down

 

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