After a pretty rough sail to an Out-Island here in the Bahamas
I saw that the Boltrope on our mainsail
has parted and the strip that sits over the boltrope forming a tunnel has also opened up around the rope
in about 10 locations. The sail itself is intact, no rips or cracks.
is held to the mast
with sliders, the boltrope is not going into the groove.
is a 37 footer, sail about 32sqm.
As the next Sailmaker
is about 350nm away, in the wrong direction and on top would be closed until second week of January until the sail could possibly even get there I am scratching my head
and wondering what to do.
1. Keeping to sail with it „as is“ seems like a bad idea to me, but maybe I am over-interpreting the importance of the boltrope in this setting (where both sliders and boltrope are fitted)?
2. Is there a chance to get the old rope
pulled out and replace it by some other rope, pulling that in (currently there is a 5mm 3 strand rope in the tunnel at the luff)? Anybody done that??
3. As there is no chandlery
for about the same distance I would have to work
with what I have on board. All I have at hand is
- 4mm generic braided rope with core
, not even sure what it is made of, probably some polyester/polypropylen mix, also no idea about the break load or stretch.
- Liros Lazy - 4mm Lazyjackline, hollow braid, according to their website Polyester, breakload 500daN. It looks ok, but it had been exposed to the sun since installation
on the sailbag 15 months ago, so not sure to what extent this breakload is still applicable.
We want to continue to Cuba
, so repair-wise or material-wise things will not improve for the next months.
Any thoughts very much appreciated!