A simple length of bent wire can be used to enable the radio power switch
to be turned on and off without opening the hatch cover. Most power switches
come with a hole pre-drilled.
If the supplied PVC sail reinforcements have not been installed yet, do not
use them; the pressure-sensitive adhesive will fail in a short time. An improved
method that has weathered many hours of heavy winds employs iron-on fabric reinforcements
with crimped brass eyelets. If the supplied PVC has already been installed,
carefully peel it off (careful around the colored areas).
New reinforcements are made by bonding a
double-sided, heat sensitive strip first to a piece of ribbon, and then to the
sail (both sides of the sail). 12 sets of triangular reinforcements must be
fabricated as follows:
- Cut one 12" long piece of 7/8" wide Heat-n-Bond iron-on adhesive (by Therm O Web).
- Cut one 12" long by 7/8" wide acetate ribbon (by Offray).
- Following the manufacturer's instructions, iron the tape on to one side
of the ribbon (try to keep the backing paper intact on the second side).
- Measure and cut the tape/ribbon into eleven 7/8" squares, and one 7/8"
by 1-1/4" rectangle. The longer piece is used at the top of the jib sail.
- Cut the twelve pieces diagonally to create 24 triangles.
You should now have 24 triangles with adhesive bonded to one side. Following
the manufacturer's instructions, remove the paper backing from the adhesive
and iron a triangle on one side of each sail where the PVC reinforcements used
to be located. Align the long edge of the triangle with the edge of the sail
(see drawing below). Orient the triangles at the sail corners for maximum coverage
(1-1/4" long piece used at the top of the jib). Be careful not to dwell too
long on the sail and reinforcement with the iron to avoid possibly melting the
sail, but do dwell long enough to get a complete seal. A little experimentation
might be in order.
Now, turn the sails over and iron triangles
onto the other side directly opposite of the other triangles. Be sure to press
hard to assure that complete adhesion. Trim the overhang from the sail corners
Measure in 1/4" from the sail edges and at the center of the length of the
triangles, and make a small "x" with a pencil. This is where the 3/16" eyelets
Although which side of the sail the eyelet
is installed from does not matter, I chose to have the finished (manufactured)
flange of the eyelets on the colored side of the sails. Place an eyelet on the
eyelet tool with the small diameter facing up. The tool and eyelet will automatically
punch the correct size hole in the sail. Align the eyelet tool center with the
pencil marks made earlier and carefully squeeze the tool until the eyelet is
fully swaged in place. Be careful not to squeeze so hard that the newly formed
flange on the back side punches through the sail to the front side.
Rather than running the sail rings through
the eyelets of the mainsail to attach to the mast, cut short pieces of
rigging string and tie loops through the eyelets. The sail rings are then passed
through the rigging string loops. This configuration allows much more freedom
of movement around the mast.
A pair of small needle-nosed pliers can be used to reform the boom springs
as necessary to capture the eyelets. Attachment of the jib is similar; however,
if the forestay modification will be performed, attachment of the jib will be
delayed until the new forestay configuration is complete.
Posted September 12, 2008