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05-23-2008 05:22 PM
groundhog Thanks for the info Henry.
05-23-2008 12:20 AM
heinzir OK, I finally figured out how to post the images. Again, sorry about the poor quality scan -- it was done a long time ago.

05-23-2008 12:05 AM
heinzir Pretty much. I think the new kits are a different style. If I can get these pictures to post you can get the general idea of the pattern for this style of bag. Sorry about the poor quality scan. I made the bags smaller than normal, to just fit my sails. Since my boat is cutter rigged, each headsail is smaller in area than a jib or genoa on a sloop.

Sorry -- I wasn't able to get the pictures to post so I put them in my Webshots album:

Sail Bag 1 pictures from sailing photos on webshots
Sail Bag 2 pictures from sailing photos on webshots


05-22-2008 07:12 PM
groundhog Henry... SWEEEEEEEEEET!
Those headsail bags look very nice.

So to get one like yours, you order the kit from sailrite and then modify it?
Just add the clasps and velcro?
05-21-2008 12:12 AM
heinzir Here is a link to ebay listings for jib bags:

Search results for Sailing Hardware & Gear bag in Boat Parts, Accessories & Gear

05-20-2008 11:57 PM
heinzir Here are some pictures of the headsail bags on my 23' cutter Chiquita. These are the third set I have made for this boat over the last 30+ years. I made the first set from kits from Sailrite. The second and third sets were made from scratch. I bought the materials from Sailrite; they are also available on ebay.

The covers remain attached to the stays when sailing. The tops are held closed with turn-button fasteners, with Velcro between the turn-buttons. If I undo just the turn buttons before setting out, the sail will remain in the bag which is held closed by the Velcro. The sail pops right out when the halyard is raised.

Covers1 pictures from sailing photos on webshots
Mooring pictures from sailing photos on webshots

West Marine sells similar generic headsail bags:
West Marine: Headsail Bags Product Display

Hope this helps.

05-20-2008 06:20 PM
groundhog Is sailrite the only place to get these bags?
Or can you order them with new sails from the sailmaker?

I am frustrated because I want to click on links, see features to compare. I'm going to order one of these and I don't even know much about what they look like.
05-19-2008 10:45 PM
Plumper I prefer the bag that hangs by the stay to the sausage bag. I found the sausage bag always in the way when the sails were down. The other kind lifts up and out of the way. The sausage bag also traps a lot of dirt and grime on the deck instead of letting it wash over the side.
05-19-2008 10:18 PM
Faster A zippered sausage bag will allow you to stow the sail in a ready-to-hoist manner, being able to attach tack, head and sheets while the sail is contained. The zipper closer pulls through and beyond the end of one half, allowing the sail to "rip open" the zipper as it goes up. It's a neat racer's trick usually used with luff tape sails, but you could probably adapt it to hanked sails too.

The downside is that you really need a couple of people flaking the sail into the open bag as it comes down so we're talking more bodies to quickly and easily stow it.

If by 'foredeck' bag you mean the type that you stuff a still-hanked on sail and the bag ties/closes around the headstay, the sausage bag is kinder to the sail since you're less likely to simply "bunch" the sail into the bag. But they too could be designed to allow the sail to be left on and sheets attached so the sail is ready to hoist once the bag's off..
05-19-2008 09:05 AM
groundhog THanks for the link.

What are the pros and cons of using a foredeck bag versus a sausage bag?
Someone told me in passing that they prefered a sausage bag, but I got no further details.

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