New sail for Applecross

  • 08 Mar 2012 11:23
    Reply # 851491 on 827281
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    Sail was cut out in about an hour.  It took me Saturday afternoon to sew a bolt rope around the sail, plus a couple of strengthening patches on the top corners.

    I had some old eyes that were enough for the top of the sail.  I have to get some more for the bottom edge.  I also need to find a way to connect the end of the battens to the sail.  Last time I sewed loops of strapping for every batten.  This time I am wondering if I can use something that fits over the bolt rope.

    Hopefully I should have completed the sail next week.

  • 29 Feb 2012 21:26
    Reply # 839809 on 827281
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    Thanks for the reply David,
      I have go with decided to with simple.  I purchased a £11 tarpaulin yesterday.  I lasi out my old sail.  What I am doing is adding an extra lower panel to the set of of existing panels.  This does two things it gives me smaller top panels and an even set of sheets.  As I do not have much time I have decided to go with a flat sail and bendy battens. 

      If time was more I probably would have gone with cambered panels after Arve's design, but that will have to wait. 


  • 18 Feb 2012 22:15
    Reply # 828995 on 827281
    Sorry, I'd have replied earlier, but I've been at sea for the past week. Only just getting back into rather feeble internet reception.
    I think you should certainly be putting some camber intoyour lower panels. Don't be put off by the reports from people with high aspect ratio schooner sails, where I do think there is a difficulty in getting them to set well. On a lower aspect ratio sail, it can be done.
    Arne's sail planform is basically H/M, with the uppermost sheeted panel made in a different shape,  its uppermost batten set at a higher angle. This reduces the size of the top two panels, which is what you're looking for. I think you'll get an effective, simply made sail by going this route.

  • 16 Feb 2012 20:39
    Message # 827281
    Deleted user
    I posted this on the Q and A forum, but no responses so I thought I would try here:

    It is now 5 years since I made a tarpaulin sail for Applecross and now I think it is time to renew it.

    The last sail was straight out of the PJR and has served me very well.  I have relied on generally bendy battens to give a lovely twist to the sail which has given good performance.  The main down sides are that the number of normal panels was one to small to make sheeting easy.  The other thing is that the top two panel are very large and quite a handful in a wind.

    If I stick with a Hasler sail I will add a extra batten in to give better sheeting and reduce the top two panels possibly by adding an extra sheeted panel.

    However, should I bite the bullet and go with an Arne cambered sail and stiff battens.  Should I explore the Slieve design.  I rather like the fact that the sail could be more controlled going up and down the mast.  I do not have much room for jiblets of any consequence in front of the mast.

    What I do know is that tarpaulin is going to be the material - not yet decided upon weight - I currently have an 80gsm, but I am wondering about using 170gsm strippy market stall grade cloth.

    What do people suggest?

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