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    Posted: 01 Oct 08 at 8:11pm
Hi Folks,

I hope this doesn't sound like a stupid question but here goes:

My newly acquired Laser came with a brand new folded sail and I've also just purchased a Rooster 8.1 sail which also came folded - I've been told that the sails will last much longer if rolled so I've got myself a couple of very flash Rooster long sail bags. I was going to roll the sails around some tubing (plastic waste pipe from B&Q ?) I haven't got any pipe in the garage so I was going to go and buy some.....so my question is, what diameter tubing do I buy ? Confused

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The biggest that will fit in your sailbags with the sail rolled round it! Take the bag to B&Q...
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I have 15 cm diameter pipe, 3 metres long (which is the longest pole which will fit in the back of my van). However at 64Kgs I am obviously not a 8.1 sailor, so I do not know if the foot length is longer than a Radial sail... I don't use a sail bag.
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Foot length has got to be near enough the same cos it fits the same boom!!

I went to B&Q, bought the black water pipe and then had to go back for a hacksaw, The length I bought, I think 3 didn't fit in my Focus Hatchback. Chopped a bit off and fits fine.

I can get the sail inside the bag with room but it has to be neat!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote feva sailor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Oct 08 at 10:32pm

i just wrap my feav sail with no pipe.

thing is unless you have a van you wont be able to fit the sail in the car

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"soft" sails are better wrapped around a pipe- laminate sails naturally roll to a much larger diameter, and will always (unless they're near dead) try and "fill" the sail bag. Thus, Laser (and topper for that matter) sailors use drainpipe.
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Thanks for taking the trouble to reply to this post:

Our previous boats have incuded a Topaz Race, a Comet Xtra and the Vareo all of which have Mylar sails which roll quite nicely - for our Topper we have an old section of windsurfer mast to stop the sailbag from flopping about. With a genuine Laser sail being silly expensive it would seem sensible to look after it as best I can (hence the original question). As soon as I can rustle up some bonus cash I think that I ought to buy myself one of the Insail replica sails, 149 + 15 postage to preserve the genuine Laser sail and the far nicer Rooster 8.1 rig - has anyone got any wise words regarding replica sails ?

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What i have done with my rooster 8.1 sail is roll it over the pipe i got that covered the bottom section of the mast. It is a perfect fit all you need to do is tie a bit of string in the centre of the pipe to hold it.



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Nigel

I would check with your club that you can sail with a replica sail. We at Marconi can, no one would bat an eye lid. I did notice someone on ebay selling a replica because they were unable to sail with one.

I would buy a replica, either one of those or a Rooster one but they can't be used on the circuit.

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The replica sails can not be used at class training either (because they are not in class!)

Basically if you sail with a different sail to everyone else you are sailing a different boat and I have observed it can be very difficult/impossible to fully depower some of the replica sails.
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