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Re: Zipper along length of sail
Leech lines are rarely 'zippered in'.. there's no reason and in fact it would be problematic keeping the leech line in if you opened it.
One of our former boats used a zippered luff roller jib.. the headstay was attached via upper and lower swivel and the sail hoisted on an contained halyard inside a wrapped-around zippered enclosure. Not meant as a reefable sail. Instead of hanks the zippered panel wrapped around the forestay and the halyard, and you closed the zipper as you hoisted the sail. That's the only application I can think of for a full length zipper, but it would be odd to have it on a boat with a furler or a foil....
Perhaps it was 'a deal'....
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