Re: Lateen Sails
- 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.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "S Fishwick" <Fishwick@c...>
> On: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 19:03:29 -0400the leech
> 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 unsupported edge)?to the
> If it's the luff/head, try hauling it tighter.
> If it's the leech, then "motorboating" doesn't really do much harm
> sail performance, it's just a nuisance. A leech line (a fine linerunning
> inside the tabling (hem) of the leech - if there is one) would tameit, but
> the leech needs to be slightly "scalloped" between the battens elseit hooks
> (which *does* harm performance in most cases). (If Sunfish don'thave
> battens (there aren't many Sunfish to look at round here) then forscalloped
> read "cut hollow").hollow - out of
> If you were going to recut the leech, cut it with a marked
> class for Sunfish I suspect, but OK for a canoe, and savesrecutting spars!