Monday, January 6, 2014

The Sail Scoop

Whelp, we took the sails in to be looked over by the sailmaker and the news was not that good...

Firstly, he told us (nicely) flat out that our spare genoa and main are maybe worth a couple hundred bucks...together.  And we shouldn't plan on using them.  Ouch.

Then he told us what we already expected; the UV strip on the outside of the headsail was failing.  Luckily the sun hadn't gotten through the fabric to breakdown the sail, but the strip needed to be replaced if we wanted to get more than another year out of the sail.  Replacing the strip would give us about 4-5 more years (I'm going to assume this means actual years and not 'Michigan sailing seasons' makes me feel better).  Darn right we want to replace that strip, where do we sign up?!?  But he did mention that the sail was in pretty good condition for its age.  That's...something....right?  Plus, Ron's a little excited that we get to put on the same blue fabric that we have on the rest of our canvas on the boat.  No more boring white.

Similar to what ours will look like
Same goes for our main.  It's old but still in pretty good shape.  Although the sailmaker recommended a full batten main for our trip, he also said that because our boat predominantly relies on the headsail for propulsion that it might be a good idea to get a new (to us) headsail before the trip and use our current headsail as the backup.  He then mentioned that getting a reef point put into the headsail would be a good idea if we wanted another larger sized sail like our current 150.  We like the size of the current headsail, especially considering the mainsail alone will barely push us along and the headsail really gets us scooting.

Since we have a furler for the head sail (the thing that wraps the sail up), a reef point in that sail would help us decrease sail size without having to switch out sails and, more importantly, without putting too much stress on the shoe-string size furler line.  A snapped furler line would mean a great big sail that is hard to get down.  And in windy conditions, that wouldn't be my idea of fun.  We're also replacing this sad looking line this year, but I'd still be more comfortable with a reef point that can take the pressure off the furler line.  I know that some people choose to partially roll up the sail without reef points, and honestly, I'm not sure why that wouldn't really work for us.  There's a couple different systems/ways to reef a headsail so don't ask me how it works or what it looks like, I haven't got a clue!  But we'll be looking into it.  Whether or not we do it is another question.  Anyone have any experience with this?

Our headsail will look something like this, just blue not black.
And we won't be rockin' a nice matching Stack Pack on the main.
It sounds like we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for a genoa before we take off.  A back-up main might also be in the cards if we can do it, but at least we know our sails are 'good enough' for now.  Good enough for me.  Plus, they're getting a good cleaning as well.  They were awfully dirtly and quite nasty.  Come springtime we'll look like a whole new boat!
The sails look okay from a distance but, like our cushions, up close they're a bit of a mess ;)

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  1. “You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t chose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.” ― Anita Septimus