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Re: Broken sail slides

How about the main halyard? if the luff isn't stretched and the foot isn't stretched well with the out haul, the main will be baggy too. I used to be rather nervous about stretching them. Good thing about plastic slides.. they go before the sail rips most of the time.
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Re: Broken sail slides

Too bad black slides are so rare. Black plastic is far more immune form UV damage than white ones , which let the UV shine right thru them. I welded up my top slide from stainless. Not hard to do, may build more of the stainless ones.
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Sounds like too much stress on the sail during your gybe. If you had a reef in the main you could have flown your jib with good control and had an easier time coming about.
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Re: Broken sail slides

Experience has taught me to replace the sail slides and the batteries when you buy a used boat. Slides are cheap but not always easy to get and, as you discovered, alot of them break at once. Your local WM may have three in your size...
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Sounds like too much stress on the sail during your gybe. If you had a reef in the main you could have flown your jib with good control and had an easier time coming about.
That is something that I am working to learn. My thought was "heavy winds, reduce sail by keeping the jib down". But you are saying that flying a jib and reefing the main would have been better?
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Too bad black slides are so rare. Black plastic is far more immune form UV damage than white ones , which let the UV shine right thru them.
I didn't see black slides available, but at $1.40 to replace the slides and shackles every few years I am okay with it.
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Re: Broken sail slides

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That is something that I am working to learn. My thought was "heavy winds, reduce sail by keeping the jib down". But you are saying that flying a jib and reefing the main would have been better?
This is almost always better... results in a more balanced sail plan, esp going upwind, but even beam or broad reaching some headsail will ease the loading on the helm.

Off the wind you can roll in or out as required if you have a reefing furler, upwind I'd prefer a proper sized headsail for the day.

btw we have black slides on our Quantum main (2nd hand from the J 105 fleet)
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Re: Broken sail slides

Yes..better to reef and fly a jib either furled or smaller on. Having the jib up will make it more balance, allow you to head closer to the wind, and also come about more easily as the jib will bring the bow through the wind and you will have less chance of stalling and getting caught in irons as you come about.

Also the balance of power of the wind is more centered over your keel with the jib up and mainsail than one and not the other.

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