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Sew it yourself! Spinnaker Sock Kit 48'1" to 51' lets you make your own spinnaker sleeve. Spinnaker socks are popular with both cruising and racing sailors because they make setting and dousing a spinnaker easy, as well as protect your valuable sail investment. Widely used by both cruising and racing sailors, a spinnaker sock is a tapered sleeve generally made from a light, breathable polyester mesh. The Sailrite® Spinnaker Sock Kit features a white sock with a colored exterior pocket (pocket color varies) to indicate any twist in the sock. A continuous line is run through the pocket to raise and lower it, as well as keeping the lines from getting tangled in the chute.
Sailrite’s tapered spinnaker sock design is extremely effective and easy to make. This Spinnaker Sock Kit can be made on a home sewing machine. Scissors and a hotknife, wood burning tool or other tool for sealing openings will also be needed to complete the kit.
Please Note: This Spinnaker Sock Kit is for SLE (spinnaker leech length) of 48'1"–51'.
Ordering Information: For spinnakers, select the sock size based on the sail's SLE — spinnaker leech length.
- 17 yds. Ripstop Nylon Fabric (color varies)
- 17 yds. White Mesh
- 2 yds. White Dacron® Sailcloth
- Seamstick 1/4" Basting Tape
- 51 ft. Teal Regatta Lite Single Braid 1/4" (6mm) Polypropylene Rope
- 61 ft. Yellow Regatta Lite Single Braid 3/8" (10mm) Polypropylene Rope
- 6 ft. White Dacron® Leechline
- 5 ft. 2" Seat Belt Webbing
- 2 ft. 1" Webbing
- 6 ft. White Dacron® 2" Tape (Not Adhesive Backed)
- 1 ft. 1" Loop
- 1 ft. 1" Hook
- 1 16" Stainless Steel Hoop
- Cone White UV Polyester Thread
- 1 #17 Hand Sewing Needle
- 1 Waxed Bobbin 5-ply Twine
- 1 Harken® 092 Cheek Bullet Block
- 1 Strop for Spinnaker Sock Kits
- 1 Sailrite® Adhesive Backed Logo
- 1 Set of Detailed Instructions
- White polyester mesh fabric allows sail to dry when stored
- Reinforced wear points
- Colorful exterior pocket visually indicates twists in sock
- Stainless steel hoop holds bottom of sock open when raising or lowering
- Control line attaches to rope harness, which attaches to hoop
- Harken block at top of sock allows line to run smoothly
- Wire pennant with head swivel keeps sock from interfering with sail shape
- Kink-free 3/8” control line
- Exterior nylon pocket holds single continuous control line to eliminate fouling and keep the line of contact with the sail
I built this for my Taswell 43 four years ago. The materials and instructions are good and the product works well. I have two suggestions for improvement. The upper block, currently a cheek block which is sewn to the halyard pendant is better configured as a single block hanging free from the top swivel. If the spinnaker is blowing out at an angle, then the sock line won’t run fair on the cheek block. Mine rubbed badly on the block sides and so I replaced it with a single block that has a dyneema loop for attachment. No problem since. Second: the sock line should be continuous or spliced, not sewn end to end. This will fail eventually, just when you really need it! That said, I do recommend the kit.