When I built my Windsprint I anticipated a noticeable advantage on one
side with the balanced lug. What surprised me was that the advantage is
to the side where the mast distorts the sail. Sail shape on the other
tack includes too much belly away from the mast, I think. This with a
parrel on the yard and a boom downhaul typically pulled tight as I can
> That said the main drawback of the balanced lug over the dipping lug is that on one tack
> the shape of the sail is compromised by the fact that it is distorted by the mast. Over the
> years many "fixes" have been tried and all of them a bit of a kludge.
> ... I am something of a lug
> freak but am the first to admit there was a pronounced advantage on one tack over the
> other that had me wishing for a dipping lug from time to time.