Tag Archives | mainsail

Jamie repairs the UV strip for a friends headsail on the dock in Panama

Rags From Riches: common pitfalls with cruising sails

Jamie periodically shares his expertise in a technical article: here he reviews typical problems cruisers experience with their sails, and how to address them. For more from the wells of this cruising sailmaker, see tagged posts on the topic. Way, way back when I was designing sails for crazy people that sailed around the world in […]

At left, under tensioned luff; at right, slightly over tensioned; notice the knuckle in the luff near the head.

Mainsail Trim: luff tension

This post comes from Jamie, one in a series where he shares his knowledge as a tenured sailmaker. For more about Jamie’s experience in the field, see Sailmaker SAYS!.  Hey sailmaker. Tell me about luff tension. Hey dude, this isn’t Dear Abby. I won’t cover love tension or any other emotional instability you may have… […]

repair to mainsail head

Mainsail Features: headboard vs head ring

This post comes from Jamie, one in a series where he shares his knowledge as a tenured sailmaker. For more about Jamie’s experience in the field, see Sailmaker SAYS!. Pictured above, Jamie replaced a corroded headboard with a ring on the mainsail of Solstice in Madagascar last year. Why does the head of a mainsail have a […]

reef reefed main mainsail sailing

Mainsail Features: loosefoot versus attached foot

This post comes from Jamie, one in a series where he shares his knowledge as a tenured sailmaker. For more about Jamie’s experience in the field, see Sailmaker SAYS!.  My friend just bought a new mainsail and the foot isn’t attached to the boom. Her sailmaker said it’s the way to go, but I’m not […]

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