Definition of loose-footed in English:
(Of a boat’s sail) having no boom or not secured to a boom at the foot.
- Sails are normally left bent on and hoisted and are furled by brailiing lines. These are a traditional form of furling a loose-footed sail and very quickly draw the sails into the masts.
- Adjust the sheeting angle: The leech and foot of loose-footed sails should have the same tension.
- However, that situation started to change during the 1980s after Americas Cup sail designers began experimenting with loose-footed mainsails.