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post #11 of 17 Old 02-02-2009
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Is that the new loose footed, loose luffed sail???

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ALL WRONG..THE SLIDES DIDN't COME OFF THE TRACK..they detached from the sail

It's your fault really.

The newer sails, they are making now have elastic ties bettween the slides and the sails..

IT'S MEANT TO BE LIKE THAT!!!

It's to avoid stressing the sail when you reef...your mistake was that you should have secured the main clew better, so they would not be stressing out the elastics..the clew was probably too lose and allowed the elastics to strtch too far.

Now...the system is not one of my favorite systems, but as you can see, its better to break a few elastics than to damange the sail..

learn how to reef with that sail...they wil not fix it for you.

But my best recommnedation to you...Replace the elastics, with a few dyneem lines

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mark by none i meant the sail nor the slides should fail in pretty much anything under 40 knots. if you figure ( guess ) that they design the sails to hold up in 40 knot winds, the slides and the attachment should too.

edit none meaning nothing
thank you for the answer,
Thought i might of missed a new high teck tear away save your sail thing...
Drat,should probably patent said system......
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Is that the new loose footed, loose luffed sail???

It will not matter which. The loads will still be the same around-abouts. What it sounds like is the webbing that hooks around the slides is weak (possibly UV or just cheap) are disintegrating. For a new boat (assuming 2 yrs or less) this should not happen and is simple "supplier provide inferior product" of which the bonus money spent on a new boat is the reason new has a warranty.

To the op - you are right to question this. My only experience is t=with Marc's Bennie which has in mast furling. Raise the issue with the dealer you purchased from - warranty should cover it - you didn't do anything wrong. Even inn 40 knots plus the sail should still rip to shreds before the webbing pulls away from the slugs. IMHO

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In the spirit of full disclosure, I have had the same problem and it was a user error. I reefed. However, the dog-bone slipped off the horn at the mast. I did not notice this and the sail slugs "failed" when raising the sail. I agree with Giu and consider this a feature, not a problem.
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That is a defect.

Don't listen to them" you reefed wrong" ha. They are full of it. The sail slides bindings straps should hold up until you tear the seams apart. If they give you some lame excuse go get some good sail's form one of the good sail makers "North" or "UK" or one of the other name brand mfg of good sails. Sounds like some China Sails or some other real cheap brand sail to me. Then go talk to your dealer for a refund for the junk sails they sold you . I have an old Pearson and and it will break dried out sail slides before my old sail's start coming apart. Some seams get a little loose but no slides come loose form the sails when my old sails are driven hard. Reefing has nothing to do with it. The sails are poorly designed that you have.
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What a... fascinating way in which to introduce one's self to a new forum.

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