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Sew it yourself! Luff Tape Conversion Kit 36’ – 42’ has everything needed to prepare a sail for a reefing or furling unit. Modern reefing/furling units are very efficient and convenient additions for sail use. Most units require the sail to have a continuous support tape along the leading edge to slide into a groove in the furler. This Luff Tape Conversion kit has all the supplies needed to remove the old grommets and luff and add a continuous support tape.
When installing continuous support tape it is often also necessary to shorten the luff of the sail. The drum and swivel of most furling units reduce the usable maximum sail hoist. Instructions for shortening the luff come with this luff tape conversion kit.
To order the appropriate kit, measure the sail’s luff. This kit fits luffs from 36-42 feet.
Kits come standard with #6 continuous support tape. Call or chat to request a different tape size.
Luff Tape Conversion Kit 36’ – 42’ Includes:
- 42 ft. Continuous Support Tape #6
- V-92 White UV Polyester Thread
- Seamstick 1/4″ Basting Tape
- 2 Round Stainless Steel 1-1/4″ Rings
- 1 Waxed Bobbin 5-Ply Twine
- #16 Hand Sewing Needle
- 9 ft. White Polyester 1″ Tubular Webbing 2700#
- 3 ft. White 5 oz. Dacron Tape 3″
- 1 ft. 1″ Draft Tape
- Sacrificial Sail Suncover & Luff Tape Conversion Kit Instructions
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The kit along with the how-to video were everything I needed to complete the sail conversion
Handy collection of the necessary materials to convert to track from hanks along with the how-to video which was invaluable. Did not use the rings or hand sewing needle and thread. Would have preferred to have 2 smaller spools of V92 thread to avoid stopping to make bobbins. Also reinforcing tape was a few inches short of what was needed. The track entrance is 33 inches from the tack and following the instructions left me a couple of inches short so 4 feet instead of 3.
As the layers increased near head of sail our little home sewing unit couldn't make it, but the product was great and instructions clear.
Despite the current crisis and shipping to Canada it came in a reasonable time and seems to be everything we need. That said, we aren’t using the rings and even the instructional video says not to use them. I would think that if no one is using the rings maybe they should be an optional item instead of a few extra dollars for hardware that won’t be used.