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Re: Lateen Sails

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  • John Tompkins
    If it is the leech, as Simon suggests, then a tighter kicking strap might help, if you have one. If you dont then try fitting one and pull it tight. JohnT ...
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 1, 2003
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      If it is the leech, as Simon suggests, then a tighter kicking strap
      might help, if you have one. If you dont then try fitting one and
      pull it tight.

      JohnT




      --- In sailing_canoes@yahoogroups.com, "S Fishwick" <Fishwick@c...>
      wrote:
      > On: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 19:03:29 -0400
      > Wrote: "Mike Stallings" <stallings_mike@h...>
      > > My sunfish lateen sail is quite old, aparently, and the luff
      > > flaps like a
      > > machine gun in a breeze. Any ideas on how to tighten it up?
      >
      > The luff (i.e. next to the yard - strictly speaking the head) or
      the leech
      > (the unsupported edge)?
      >
      > If it's the luff/head, try hauling it tighter.
      >
      > If it's the leech, then "motorboating" doesn't really do much harm
      to the
      > sail performance, it's just a nuisance. A leech line (a fine line
      running
      > inside the tabling (hem) of the leech - if there is one) would tame
      it, but
      > the leech needs to be slightly "scalloped" between the battens else
      it hooks
      > (which *does* harm performance in most cases). (If Sunfish don't
      have
      > battens (there aren't many Sunfish to look at round here) then for
      scalloped
      > read "cut hollow").
      > If you were going to recut the leech, cut it with a marked
      hollow - out of
      > class for Sunfish I suspect, but OK for a canoe, and saves
      recutting spars!
      >
      > JMHO
      > Simon
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