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TOPIC: Zipper Luff Jib

Zipper Luff Jib 8 years 10 months ago #81

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From what I have seen, the "stuff-luff" forestay is the most common setup in the 505. The disadvantage of this is that it is a pain to take the jib up and down because you have to disconnect the luff wire from the adjustment and use a leader line. It also makes it virtually impossible to take the jib down on the water which can pose a safety issue.

I had heard some speculation about how to implement the "stuff-luff" system but still make it possible to raise an lower the sail for easier rigging/de-rigging, safety, or getting towed back to St. Francis Yacht Club from Berkeley Circle at the 2009 worlds.

I had the opportunity to sail with a zipper luff jib last weekend and I think this may be the best option available. Ethan Bixby of North Sails Gulf Coast is offering the zipper luff as a stock option on his jibs. The zipper runs along the starboard side of the jib, starting at the head. You simply zip it together as you raise the halyard. The only time I think it effects the sail's shape is in the super light conditions when you want to sail with some small wrinkles. Other than that I think this is a great way to go!
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Re:Zipper Luff Jib 8 years 10 months ago #82

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Any chance of posting a couple of photos?
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