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Old 30-06-2022, 10:29   #1
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Help Me Understand this sail Please

I need to secure a used roller furling genoa for my daughter's 32' sloop ASAP. She is headed home for vacation and tore ancient first one on her maiden sail- BUT the good nrews is she and her guy are gme for a second go. Given their skills, they think used is the way to go and I agree. The sail; will be set on a thirty year old profurl on a Pearson Vanguard sloop.

We found a sail that seems to have almost identical measurements to the old headsail, but it has some kind of wierd wire on the top and the sellers description states:

"Sailboat Jib Genoa Sail Dacron Luff 33' 6" Foot 12' 3" Leech 30' 1", Lead cable mounted in head 8' 8" long and internal bolt rope on luff 193 inch (see picture No. 11). "

I was planning on cutting the lead cable off and hoisting it as we did the previous sail, but what gives with the "193" bolt rope on luff" spec? Thats sounds like only 16 feet of luff tape to hold a jib to a foil when the whole sail has a 33"6' luff. I feel like I'm missing something and am on a delivery and need this sail replaced asap. Obviously sent a message but have not had a reply. Hoping the group might have a logical explanantion. Can anyone offer an explanation?
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Old 30-06-2022, 10:54   #2
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Maybe, just maybe, supposition only, they mean 0.193" and it a measurement of the luff tape diameter? That would be pretty close to a #6 or 5mm luff tape.

Don't buy on that supposition, it is a WAG.
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Maybe, just maybe, supposition only, they mean 0.193" and it a measurement of the luff tape diameter? That would be pretty close to a #6 or 5mm luff tape.

Don't buy on that supposition, it is a WAG.
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I noticed a picture at the end of the listing-hes referring to the luff tape diameter. Thank you!!
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Does anyone know if the above measurement represents a #5 or a #6 luff tape. Furler is an old LC-32 which I believe needs a number 5.
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Sailrite lists #5 as 4.8mm (0.189") with the dacron cover, and #6 as 5.3mm (0.209"). So, seems much closer to #5.

And yes. LC 32 uses #5.
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Does anyone know if the above measurement represents a #5 or a #6 luff tape. Furler is an old LC-32 which I believe needs a number 5.
My LC32 on a Pearson 323 has 5mm or #6 luff tape.
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Re: Help Me Understand this sail Please

It might be time to take the furler itself apart and refurbish it, they seem to need some attention, from time to time. Measure (or have the kids do it) the diameter of the slot a ways up from where you start threading the luff tape up. Then you'll be in a position to confirm for sure whether the luff rope on the sail you're looking at will be a good fit. It will just strip out if it is loose. It'll be good for them to learn how to use the calipers. Warn them about paying too little.

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