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    Posted: 04 Dec 11 at 10:07pm
Hi, 

I have a laser and have sailed it a bit, I was wandering what the best way of attaching the sail to the boom is, is it a clue strap, or can you buy a clue hook, some people use rope, what do you think?

I should let you know as well as the out haul clip that goes through the sail I have a elastic with a clip on to help let my out haul off.  

Please help 

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Traditionally, the clew was tied around the boom (2 x turns) with a bit of rope ; something quite slippey like Dyneema rather than something with a grippy outer sheath.
In recent years, many are favouring a clew 'strap' which has overlapping velcro fastening.
 
There is also a  'builder supplied' Harken stainless steel boom strap with a quick release hook which is the most expensive option.
 
I wouldn't say that one method was any better, or give any performance gain than another.
The important thing is that the clew of the sail is as tight to the boom as possible (= tight leech/pointing ability), whilst being able to slide along it with minimum friction.
Out on the water, I would be entirely satisfied to tie the clew down, but I choose to use a quick release system purely and simply for ease of rigging.
 
 
 
 
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have used all three methods.

i found the stainless boom strap ran badly on the boom. i would go for a bit of rope or a clew strap.
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I always used the rooster clew strap, the standard laser one was hopeless and always came undone.  The most important thing is to make sure that when you put the clew strap on you pull it right through the clew of the sail so that the ring of the strap is tight against the clew eye. This seems to stop them coming undone and gets rid of the friction of the ring sliding over the boom.  If you are worried just back it up with a bit of rope but the problem with just using rope is that it becomes very hard to undo after sailing in some breeze.  Especially in the winter it is very nice to be able to undo some velcro rather than a fiddly knot with cold hands and numb fingers!
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These days the best bets are the Clew Sleeve or the Clew Strap.
 
Personally I use a Clew Strap and find it to be great. I have seen others who use the sleeve but they say it is a lot of work to keep it running smoothly.
 
Strap around £5-£10 (depending on where you get it from).
 
Sleeve Around £30+ (I seem to recall).
 
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Thanks, my clew strap came undone a few times, what make would you recommend?
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The Rooster one never failed me;
 
I guess any could eventually fail when the velcro has given up.
 
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My 13 year old uses the harken sleeve, and so long as it is regularly sprayed with lubricant it is a great piece of kit. Even on a breezy day rigging the outhall is really quick.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Andymac Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Dec 11 at 7:50pm
Originally posted by GarethT

My 13 year old uses the harken sleeve, and so long as it is regularly sprayed with lubricant it is a great piece of kit. Even on a breezy day rigging the outhall is really quick.
 
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I have the elastic inhaul hooked up to it as well. So quick and easy to rig.
 
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I had the Rooster clew, fine for me. The Harken sleeve came out when I sailed the Laser and was not rated highly at the time.

The rope was too fiddly for me, trying to tie it with a flapping sail made me change
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