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Old 14-03-2011, 19:08   #1
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Spinnaker Delamination

Does anyone have any information on delamination of spinnakers? I have an asymmetrical spinnaker that came with the boat when I bought it. Hoisting it for the first time (in over 3 years I expect), one panel of the spinnaker started to come apart - not rip, but appeared the layers came apart (see pic). It was immediately dropped so it wouldn't get worse. The rest of the spinny is in good condition I'm not sure if I could get the one panel replaced or just buy a new one. Any ideas?
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Old 14-03-2011, 19:53   #2
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Re: Spinnaker Delamination

Just bring it and the pictures to the nearest sail loft. They can at least give you the run down and how much it would cost to fix it. I am guessing they may be able to relaminate (is that a word?) Without too much trouble.
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Re: Spinnaker Delamination

Yikes. That's not a spinnaker upon which a great deal of money was spent. Anybody who knows spinnakers who looks at the way those panels are laid out will come to the same conclusion.

So how did it come to be aboard a Hallberg-Rassy? The PO was cutting some corners. You might want to worry about that.

I wouldn't recommend you take it to a loft and have it repaired. It's not going to be worth saving.
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Re: Spinnaker Delamination

Apparently it's a Neil Pryde Sails spinnaker. Don't know when bought or where from. I think the PO never actually had it up so it may have been bagged for quite some time.
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Spinnakers are laminated? Neil Pryde...heh. Must be from the 70's from the design. Throw it in the rubbish bin.
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Re: Spinnaker Delamination

As a finale to this thread, here's some feedback from Neil Pryde in the US (note: I've dumped the old chute and ordered a new one):

The design, radial head with cross-cut body is something we have not done since the early 80's. Certainly by 1990 when I came on board, we moved all our designs to a 'true' or 'tri' radial layout. This means the sail is at least 20 years old.
Also, the patch with the words 'clew' on it is an indications of that time period as well. At this age, it predates or oldest records (we cleaned out files from pre 1992 a few years ago). So, if it's that old,it hasn't been used much and the ATN sock was probably added along the way.
As for the fabric...I'm just not sure and can't tell you why it would have a film like this, unless it is the urethane coating (typical of nylon) that has some how failed as a whole instead of breaking down in small bits. Very unusual.
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