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stotts.ryan



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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2022 9:48 pm    Post subject: Sail construction Reply with quote

What is the piece or type of material used to stiffen up the foot of some sails?


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manuel



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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2022 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The black webbing?
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stotts.ryan



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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2022 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The area inside the purple area has something inside. The clew also has similar construction.
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2022 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's reinforcing to prolong the life of the sail. The stiffness is a side effect of additional material.
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2022 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laminate no? What does the sail description say?
Did you contact hot sails?

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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2022 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Purple area? I see blue and yellow.

The blue area consists of several overlapping dacron patches. The X-ply may also be sandwiched inside. When all of those patches are stacked on top of one another, the end result is a very stiff (and strong) area of the sail, which is needed to support the downhaul tension and general sailing/abuse loads.

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