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dumb genoa question

i'm a long time motor boat convert, so go easy on me for this question.....

I am looking for a used genoa. I do not have a furling unit on my 30' sagitta. The sail i have now is a hank on sail....
what is a taped luff? a lot of the sails i am finding have taped luff.
can i use them on my boat? how do they attach to the forestay?

thanks for the information.
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Taped luff in my experience refers to sails that slide up a groove, in either a roller furler or in a non furling groove typically used by racers. When looking for sails specify you need hank on sails. If some generous person gives you some taped luff sails you can get them altered to hanks by your friendly local sail loft.

Have you checked with Bacon Assoc. or some of the other folks who sell used sails? Probably find some via Google.
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thanks for the clarification...
i have been looking at the sail warehouse, second wind sails, etc.....

i am looking for a cheap 150... since i am relearning sailing, i don't want anything expensive that i may ruin....

i only have a 110 now and on light wind days i need more sail.
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A sailmaker (or you) could add hanks to a taped luff sail, though it would probably be cheaper to find a used sail with hanks already on it. Hanked sails are less popular than they were, and so used ones should be cheaper. Determine the dimensions of the sail you need and check for used sails (like Bacon Associates) online. You'll likely find many options for about $500 or so.
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A sailmaker (or you) could add hanks to a taped luff sail, though it would probably be cheaper to find a used sail with hanks already on it. Hanked sails are less popular than they were, and so used ones should be cheaper. Determine the dimensions of the sail you need and check for used sails (like Bacon Associates) online. You'll likely find many options for about $500 or so.
The cost of adding hanks to aused sail will approach the cost of the sail itself, so the only way to buy a used sail on the cheap is to get one with the right luff for your use. Remember the luff tape also comes in a variety of sizes..
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I'd point out that you can adapt a wire luff sail to a hanked on sail using adapters that clamp on to the wire luff tape. I'd have to dig up who made the adapters, but they were reasonably inexpensive.

However, IMHO, you'd be better off getting a sail with hanks rather than trying to buy and convert a sail that has a luff tape.
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I converted 3 headsails from taped luff to hanks, at a cost of ~$250 each for a 27 footer...
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