Mainsail Telltales

At arvelgentry.com, the author Shevy Gunter of "A Truer Tale of Telltales" strongly recommneds using telltales along the luff of the main like we do the jib. Has anyone used such telltales and how have they been useful or not?

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Frank, You need them on the end of the battens so you can kno

Frank, You need them on the end of the battens so you can know where to trim. Not sure why you would put them on the luff of the main of a two sail boat. Regards, Travis Weisleder 5341

The reason as I understand it from my reading is that the luff t

The reason as I understand it from my reading is that the luff telltales, positioned about one foot back from where the leeech of the jib falls on the mainsail, is that it tells about the air flow over the luff of the main, which in turns tells us about the position of the jib since the jib alters the path of the air for the main giving it more of a header. Maybe I have misunderstood, but that's what I think I've read!

Frank, I have no idea.

Frank, I have no idea...I think there would be too much to worry about at that point. Remember the scot is a fairly basic boat to get set up and sail; I would recommend not over doing it on too much and keep it basic. Jib tell tails, top batten tell tail, and then sheeting to keep the slot open and it trimmed to about the center of the seat.