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Jib Sock

Hi all!

I have been looking into getting a jib sock for my mylar head sail. I saw one the other day on a boat similar to mine. I was wondering if anyone has any experiance with them, or knows of a place to find one. I imagine I would need one that is 42' in length. Looks like it might be a pain to put on and take off, but easier then taking it down all the time.

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A sock for a jib? I've never used a jib sock. A spinnaker sock, yes... a jib sock, no.
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I think he's referring to a storage cover for a furled, (non-UV protected) headsail. This was sort of popular a while back so that you could leave the sail up but not have to put up with the weight of the UV strip when racing. They were usually hoisted with the spinn halyard.
In my experience they are only slightly less bother than properly putting the sail away, and more importantly the wind on the cover causes it to swivel and flap which chafes off the stitching on the outer portions of the sail.

Be nice to your sail and put it away between outings!
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Ahh... I don't see the point in it.. I don't race, and have a UV cover on my roller-furled Genoa.
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A boat a few slips down from ours uses a jib sock, keeping it up at all times. The thing flaps relentlessly when windy, obviously chafing the headsail & makes quite a racket.
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Well good you talked me out of it. The sock looks like a pain to put on and take off. Plus they cost way too much ($200-$400). So enough of that, I will just pull it down and store it or leave it rolled for short periods of time. I do live in Seattle so UV damage should be kept to a minimum.
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Yes, there are many months where the UV level is a bit lower in Seattle due to airborne and falling water...
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I have a jib cover that is lined with a slippery material to reduce wind induced friction. I raise the cover with one spinacker halyard and wrap the other spinacker halyard several times around the cover to reduce twisting. When lowering, I flake the cover, which makes it quite easy to raise.
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I have used one for years. They are easier to put on than folding the sail and much faster to take off. My cover was made by Annapolis Custom Canvas. The key to ease of operation is a block at the top so that the crosslashings can be tightened from the top and bottom. Another refinemement is a continuous loop of line to pull the zipper up or down. if not tightened properly the sock will flap a little in a lot of wind, but is fine in most conditions. I use the sock when I expect to use the boat several times a week, but will pull the sail off if I know that I won't be using the sail for awhile, or we are in a period of changable weather since I like to pick the right sail for the weather.

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