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Re: Zipper along length of sail

Several small boats use a zipper luff on the jib which closes around the forestay with the halyard inside . my Prindle has one in the jib. and many racers used a zipper foot back in the late 60's into the 70's.
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Re: Zipper along length of sail

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.....It looked like it was down the leech.
If this is correct, it isn't the foot or luff.
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Re: Zipper along length of sail

Sorry to bring up an old thread, but Faster was right. After 5 months of putting my working jib through all kinds of sadistic abuse, I took it down for repair. This was just before a beautiful weekend with a strong southwest wind. You HAVE to go sailing here with a strong southwest wind, so I pulled the big genoa out, and sure enough it worked on the roller furler. I had to zip a few feet at a time while I fed the sail into the furler. The boat EATS miles on a beam reach with this sail.
HOWEVER, the sail blocks my view to the leeward side while the boat is heeled over. When I let off the jib sheet, I gain visibility but lose speed. How do you handle this situation?
ALSO, I have another sail that is much lighter (a 150/drifter?). This sail will not go in the groove of the furler, due to a large cable that runs the length of the luff with an eye at each end. Since I do not have a temporary stay, can I attach it to the furler at the two attachment points without sliding it in the groove? This would be in very light wind conditions only.
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Re: Zipper along length of sail

1. Look around the sail.

2. the light air sail is probably meant to be flown on it's wire luff, like a code zero.
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Re: Zipper along length of sail

That loose luff sail could be really useful. It would let you keep a reasonable sized jib on the furler (like a 110%) that can be used in moderate to high wind. In light air you can pull out the loose luff sail for close hauled to a beam reach (or deeper if you don't have a gennaker or spinnaker).

To use it well I think you'll want to have a very low stretch halyard for it, and a sheave that can handle the higher loads.

The only zippers on sails that I've heard of are for zipper luff sails on dinghies. It was interesting to see the larger discussion of those (I missed it the first time around).
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1. Look around the sail.

2. the light air sail is probably meant to be flown on it's wire luff, like a code zero.
1- It is harder than it sounds. I guess I will keep trying.
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Re: Zipper along length of sail

I find it easier to look around a big genoa if I sit on the low side of the boat. On most boats our size it is also a lot easier to see the sail tell tales from that position. This is best done with the rest of the crew on the high side of the boat to balance you out.

I generally don't run huge deck sweeping sails when sailing solo, unless the wind is really light.
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