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Sailrite SailPack

Has anyone installed the SailPack from SailRite?

If so any thoughts/opinions good or bad?

I need to replace my sail cover and I'm looking at this as an option.

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I've seen them on other boats and as I often single hand my boat I wish I put such on instead of really nice new sail cover. Good post and I look forward to seeing what replies come.
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I'll be making one soon. Here are some links to some who have made it; good info on the published article by Linda Moore:

ReadOz - Southwinds Magazine (click on "read" link)
http://www.southwindsmagazine.com/pd...cember2009.pdf
Picasa Web Albums - Linda - Stack Pack "folder" and other projects

Newport 30 owner who recently made and installed one:
Picasa Web Albums - Carl - Sailrite Stac...

If you want the seams to be less visible on the pack; use the V-92 thread in the same color as the canvas. The sailrite "kit" only comes with white thread; so you might consider buying the kit and a spool or the correct color; or asking to swap spools and pay the difference in price.
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I did not have sailrite, but a custom pak from St. Maarten. A couple of things I dislike were the fact the pak held moisture, and I believe it takes away some footage of the sail. I did not like letting it hang, and flop around to get back the footage of the sail. Convenience,,,,,,, what a huge plus.

I have just installed a new sailcover, and already I am thinking I should've went with the pak instead.......i2f
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I have purchased a "Mack Pack" lazy jack/sailbag combination which is now being installed. There are a couple of boats in my marina with the system and I decided to go that route after speaking to happy owners.

It looks like the Mack Pack system can be completely moved out of the way if you wish, so other than a minor amount of hassle, you should be able to get full performance from your main. The effort required to lower the jacks and stow them should be minimal compared to wrestling a full batten main to flake and tie.

For short sails, you can leave the bag up and perhaps sacrifice a bit of performance, in order to have the convenience to drop the sail, tuck, zip and be on to the Pain Killers that much faster.

I'll be posting about my experince after I've had some time to evaluate the systems for a while.

PS edited to add the the Mack Pack is open at the bottom along the boom so water should drain and air can circulate so there should be no issue there.
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I made a sailpack for our Gemini. While I didn't use the Sailrite kit, I used their instructions as the basis for ours. You can read about it at Sailpack Construction
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Maybe mine was just bad construction? It was sewn down the middle on the bottom with a bolt rope running through the boom. There slits on the bottom to release water, but it wasn't effecient.

I kept the old pak. maybe when I get to California I can reinvent the sail cover I have now with the old pattern? The convenience of the pak is huge!......i2f
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I made ours as two "slabs", each with their own bolt rope, slid into tracks riveted to the boom.

See pics at SailPack Construction Pictures
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i just got a riding sail from sailrite.it seems to be of good quality
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