Sailing Basics - Power Up Your Mainsail with the Outhaul!

Visit http://www.skippertips.com for more sailing tips. What sail control gets forgotten more than any others? Go to the head of the line if you said mainsail outhaul. This single control controls depth in the lower half of your mainsail for more power. Watch this sailing skills video to learn the sail trim secrets that can give you the edge. Captain John with 25+ years of experience shows you the no-nonsense cruising skills you need for safer sailing worldwide. Visit his website at https://www.skippertips.com and sign up for his highly popular Sailing Tip of the Week. Discover how you can gain instant access to hundreds of sailing articles, videos, FREE e-Books and much more!

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Visit http://www.skippertips.com for more sailing tips. What sail control gets forgotten more than any others? Go to the head of the line if you said mainsail outhaul. This single control controls depth in the lower half of your mainsail for more power. Watch this sailing skills video to learn the sail trim secrets that can give you the edge. Captain John with 25+ years of experience shows you the no-nonsense cruising skills you need for safer sailing worldwide. Visit his website at https://www.skippertips.com and sign up for his highly popular Sailing Tip of the Week. Discover how you can gain instant access to hundreds of sailing articles, videos, FREE e-Books and much more!

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Edward Jones
Edward Jones - 8 years ago
Good, but also I was taught and sail that a tight flat sail is good in very light air. The reason being, is the greater radius of a full sail causes the air to detach. So very light-tight, mid-looser, high-tighter. You should also talk about on a run. Thanks
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 8 years ago
+Edward Jones Edward, that's correct. A flatter shape can be an advantage in ghosting conditions (winds <6 knots). In that case, the outhaul should have moderate tension to keep the mainsail flat down low. This makes it easier for super light air to stay glued to the sail.
Bob Linton
Bob Linton - 8 years ago
Thank you Captain John!
I learned something new. :+)
Captain John's Skipper Tips
Captain John's Skipper Tips - 8 years ago
+Bob Linton Good to hear, Bob.
Pfsif
Pfsif - 8 years ago
What?  A little more illustration for us newbies please.

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