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swchandler



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding the head of the sail, some brands are configured such that the head strap is an optional item that you can either use or not use (mine was stowed in a storage compartment that was part of the sail bag). If you are using a mast that doesn't exceed the luff length, you attach the sail's male plug that inserts into the mast onto a sown-in strap on the sail's head. If it is already installed that way when you buy or acquire the sail, it looks as if that's the only way it works. However, if you need the optional strap arrangement, you remove the male plug and attach the optional strap to the sown-in strap and extend it to the proper length so that the sail can be properly downhauled (you can also simply use a length of rope if an optional strap is not available and use an aftermarket mast cap to capture the mast).
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U2U2U2



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the above is a good comment.

some sails not all, have the provision to add the extension to the head, and some come with and some don't.


a photo of your gear may be helpful

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry U2U2U2, I don't know how to import photos from iPhoto into iWindsurf. However, if you want, I can send you photos via E-Mail and then you can post them here. If you're interested, I'll do it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

photo would be beneficial of the OP gear, if thats what you have, by all means

will post via my email

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



this is a photo from swchandler :

the real head is inside the mast sleeve, and a loop /strap can be attached the it, it lengthens the overall length.

this arrangement is generally typical of those heads which have the ability to do this . some have A absolute sewn over head and without surgery can't be lengthened.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:11 am    Post subject: Thank You Reply with quote

I appreciate that you guys gave me some really good helpful tips. I'm going to exchange my sail for a bigger one later today. Hopefully all will work out Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile,

Good luck.

there was a question for you: where are you? having someone meet you face-to-face will help immensely.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:19 am    Post subject: Location Reply with quote

I'm in South East MI.
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