Jib Luff Wire

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Jib Luff Wire

Postby doug@dougbraun.com on Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:11 pm

I'm planning to make my sails from Sailrite kits (I made one of their kits a few years ago for my Skerry). I noticed the their jib design uses a 3/32" 1x19 luff wire (with thimbles and nicopress sleeves) that is sewn more or less permanently into the sail. The Pocketship study plan specifies a 5/32" wire for the jib, and 3/32" seems sort of small to me.
I'm wondering: what does the jib that CLC sells actually have? From one photo I got the impression that it has a 5/32" wire that passes through a sleeve and might be removable, and the tack and head of the sail are are fastened to the cable eyes with shackles or lashing. Is that actually the case?

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Re: Jib Luff Wire

Postby Mflyer65 on Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:49 pm

Hi Doug,
My jib was purchased from CLC with the kit and it has 5/32 cable installed. Seems right to me. The Bobstay is also 5/32.
Hope that helps,
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Re: Jib Luff Wire

Postby doug@dougbraun.com on Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:27 pm

Mflyer65 wrote:Hi Doug,
My jib was purchased from CLC with the kit and it has 5/32 cable installed. Seems right to me. The Bobstay is also 5/32.
Hope that helps,
Mike


Thanks for the reply. Is the wire sewn in, or does it just pass through a sleeve?

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Re: Jib Luff Wire

Postby Mflyer65 on Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:44 am

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It is in a narrow pocket, maybe 1 inch wide, and then shackled to a grommet at either end.
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Re: Jib Luff Wire

Postby doug@dougbraun.com on Sun Oct 25, 2020 2:23 pm

Well, yesterday afternoon (and evening) I sewed up the jib kit. Here is how I did the wire luff. The pocket is wide enough that the wire can be slid out. At the moment the wire is sticking out more than it ought to, and I don't have a suitable shackle yet.

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Probably in a week or so I'll start on the mainsail.

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