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  1. #1
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    Default Fitting sail slugs on old head sails with snaps

    Thought of replacing snaps with slugs so old sails luff can enter the furling! sounds like a good idea if there are no cons..
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    Do it yourself and do it good!

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    Default Re: Fitting sail slugs on old head sails with snaps

    Done this a couple of times. The sails set well and sailed well. Despite the lack of a UV strip lasted several years.

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    Default Re: Fitting sail slugs on old head sails with snaps

    Yes, works for me as well, though the sail won’t furl well. That might be a luff length issue though.

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    Default Re: Fitting sail slugs on old head sails with snaps

    The clever and effective 'KiwiSlides will do what you want - and very well. See here:

    https://www.practical-sailor.com/iss...ry/5036-1.html

    Most sailmakers should be well conversant with them, and a 'GoogleSearch' will help.

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    Default Re: Fitting sail slugs on old head sails with snaps

    Similar slugs came as standard with a Plastimo furling kit.

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    Default Re: Fitting sail slugs on old head sails with snaps

    I used Bainbridge A107 plastic mainsail slugs to adapt a hank-on working jib to my Rotostay E. Worked well. To improve the furling, I used a few turns of light braid line and a reef knot to attach the slugs. I backed up the reef knot with a couple of tiny tywraps and none came undone over some ten years of sailing. If you use a sail with a short luff remember that you will need a strop at it's head to let the luff slider get up to it's right place on the foil.

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    Default Re: Fitting sail slugs on old head sails with snaps

    If you use a sail with a short luff remember that you will need a strop at it's head to let the luff slider get up to it's right place on the foil
    .can't visualize this! you mean a stop at the foil?

    Τhank you all for your replies!
    Do it yourself and do it good!

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    Default Re: Fitting sail slugs on old head sails with snaps

    If the luff slider doesn't get high enough up the foil, you will get halyard wrap when you try and furl. So a sail with a short luff (working jib, say) will need a length of line (or a strop) between it's head and the luff slider to prevent this happening.

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    Default Re: Fitting sail slugs on old head sails with snaps

    Just had this prob. New sail was a few feet shorter than the original. The Plastimo system had a seperate guy to a pulley on the front of the mast from the top swivel to prevent it turning. With the new shorter luff sail the halyard wrapped. Longer strop to get the swivel up to the previous position sorted it.

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    Default Re: Fitting sail slugs on old head sails with snaps

    Quote Originally Posted by neil_s View Post
    If the luff slider doesn't get high enough up the foil, you will get halyard wrap when you try and furl. So a sail with a short luff (working jib, say) will need a length of line (or a strop) between it's head and the luff slider to prevent this happening.
    Great, understood!
    Do it yourself and do it good!

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