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Those are generally called hanks, not shackles.
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I own a Merit 25 too... Mine has no roller furling and the head sail riggin is secured to the fore stay via shackles... There's a yahoo group that is devoted to Merits, they have been great help with questions like yours...

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/skedaddleyachtclub/

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SD.. I'm sorry my "Marine English" is poor as you can see... I struggle to make myself understood, I'm from Mexico and do my best, but marine parts are tougher...

Just to keep on the original post theme... zz4, if your head sail furler is compromised why just not rig your boat in the original set up?
Just an idea...
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SD.. I'm sorry my "Marine English" is poor as you can see... I struggle to make myself understood, I'm from Mexico and do my best, but marine parts are tougher...
Not a problem, Alecs. I wish my Spanish, or any other non-English language, was as good as your English .

That being said: For God's sake, whatever you do, don't call a block or sheave a "pulley!"

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Just to keep on the original post theme... zz4, if your head sail furler is compromised why just not rig your boat in the original set up?
He doesn't have a furler. He's got a Tuff Luff headsail track system. It has two tracks in which a bolt rope rides. The advantage is primarily for racing, as you can raise a second headsail inside the one that's already up, then, after the tack, drop the old sail. This way you always have a headsail up.

The disadvantage to that system is that, as you drop the headsail, nothing's holding the luff on the boat. More difficult when you're short-handed and have only one person on the foredeck gathering-up the sail.

To change to a "traditional" hanked-on system, he'd have to have hanks installed on all his headsails.

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Not a problem Alecs... just thought you should know what the proper English term for it was.

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SEMIJim, I'm not sure I follow how you can run 2 head sails at the same time. Do you have any pictures of this? I'm a little confused.

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JIm's not saying that they run with two headsails up... although this was done to sail wing-on-wing in the trades...but that having two grooves allows you to hoist a smaller or larger headsail to replace the one that is already hoisted, to better suit the changing wind conditions, before lowering the current headsail. This is important when racing so you don't lose too much boat speed during a headsail change.

If you google for "twistle sail rig" I'm pretty sure you'll find some pictures or drawings of the setup.

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zz4gta, it looks like you have 3 options:

1. Replace the Tuff Luff foil.
2. Install a furler.
3. Remove the damaged Tuff Luff and have go to hanked sails.

The first option would be best if you intend to race. The second option would be best if you intend to primarily daysail and cruise. The third option would be the low cost choice if your headsails are shot and need replacing, but may not make sense if you need to have several current sails modified.
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...but that having two grooves allows you to hoist a smaller or larger headsail to replace the one that is already hoisted, to better suit the changing wind conditions, before lowering the current headsail.
Also when changing tacks upon rounding marks. For example: You may be flying a #2 or #3 with a reef in the main when going to weather or on a beam reach, then want to shake out the reef and go to a #1 on a broad reach or a run.

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OOOOOHHHH, ok I get it now. I've priced out another Tuff luff track, so I think I'll just replace that and get a feeder. Thanks.

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There you go calling it a track again, It is usually called a headfoil or just foil. My Spanish extends to ordering drinks and finding the Bano so you are way ahead of me.

One more important point, head foils come in two sizes, general they take size #6 luff tape however on smaller boats such as a Merit they could have size #5 tape. If so, you need to buy a foil for # 5 tape.

#5 is not very common but if you are ordering on line I would find out for sure what luff tape you have, or if you can what your old foil is.

The Merit is a fun boat that sails well a buddy of mine used to race one.

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