Trim Stripe

To make it easier for you to trim your sails, your sailmaker should add a trim stripe at the clew of the sail. The trim stripe is a line that roughly splits in half the angle made by the leech and foot. This stripe is a good average reference point for you to use when you are trimming your sails. Sight down the stripe to your sheet and if the sheet is in line with the stripe, you can be sure that your sail is trimmed correctly.

A UV sunshield down the leech and along the foot of a headsail can help protect the fabric when the sail is furled and extend the life of the sail.

Figure 7.8

The moment you reef the sail your sheeting position changes, and unless you have a way of adjusting the sheet lead, you quickly lose all performance.

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