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Chapter 8 – All About Spinnakers – Part 2

1 Jun
Chapter 8 is a close-up look at spinnakers. A bit about the history of the spinnaker, different panel layouts, symmetrical versus asymmetrical and a whole lot more. In Part 2 we look at the theory behind how spinnakers work, asymmetrical spinnakers versus symmetrical spinnakers and spinnakers for cruisers.




Spinnakers for the Cruising Sailor
It’s not in a cruising sailor’s nature to want to trim and change spinnakers constantly. A cruising sailor is more inclined to set the sail, set the autopilot and pull out a good book. With this in mind, ...
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Chapter 8 – All About Spinnakers – Part 1

25 Apr
Chapter 8 is a close-up look at spinnakers. A bit about the history of the spinnaker, different panel layouts, symmetrical versus asymmetrical and a whole lot more. In Part 1 we look back at how the spinnaker was developed and how we got from cross cut spinnakers to radial spinnakers.



DOWNWIND SAILS EXPLAINED
There is nothing quite like a day in the trades with a warm wind at your back and the horizon ahead stretched in a wide arc like open arms just waiting for you. You are romping downwind with
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Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the Details – Part 4

6 Apr
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.




Headsails for the Cruising Sailor
Fortunately, headsails are a far less complicated part of a sail inventory, although no less important. Without them the boat ...
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Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the Details – Part 3

10 Mar
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.



In the previous chapter we looked at in-mast furling mainsails and some of their drawbacks most notably the amount of sail area that is lost
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Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the details – Part 2

30 Jan
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.




MAINSAIL DETAILS FOR THE CRUISING SAILOR

It used to be simple. In the
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Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the details – Part 1

14 Dec
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.
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Chapter 6 – Where Art and Science Meet – Part 4

18 Nov
Chapter 6 is an in-depth look at the sailmaking process from how we used to make to how they are made these days in a modern sail loft. There is a lot to cover from basic design elements like sail geometry and engineering to a look at the manufacturing process. There are four parts to Chapter 6. This is the last part that is about the various stages to making sails. I urge you to download the first three parts so that you will have a comprehensive knowledge of sail design as well as the manufacturing process which will also
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Chapter 6 – Where Art and Science Meet – Part 3

20 Oct
Chapter 6 is an in-depth look at the sailmaking process from how we used to make to how they are made these days in a modern sail loft. There is a lot to cover from basic design elements like sail geometry and engineering to a look at the manufacturing process. There will be four parts to Chapter 6. This is part 3 that is all about how sail designers  . I urge you to download Part 1 and 2 as well as Part 3 and 4 when they are published so that you will have a comprehensive knowledge of sail ...
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Chapter 6 – Where Art and Science Meet – Part 2

6 Oct
Chapter 6 is an in-depth look at the sailmaking process from how sails used to be made to how they are made these days in a modern sail loft. There is a lot to cover from basic design elements like sail geometry and engineering to a look at the manufacturing process. There will be four parts to Chapter 6 starting with this one that covers some of the elements of sail design.

Chapter 6 is an in-depth look at the sailmaking process from how we used to make to how they
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Chapter 6 – Where Art and Science Meet – Part 1

15 Sep
Chapter 6 is an in-depth look at the sailmaking process from how sails used to be made to how they are made these days in a modern sail loft. There is a lot to cover from basic design elements like sail geometry and engineering to a look at the manufacturing process. There will be four parts to Chapter 6 starting with this one that covers some of the elements of sail design.

You can download this chapter as a pdf here



The basic tools of sailmaking are no longer the stuff of charm and tradition. Where bolts of sailcloth, spools ...
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