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Dinghy spinnaker chute bag.

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My 8yo son has a Topaz/Topper Taz we recently pimped adding an assy spinnaker. The new setup is mostly sorted, except for the spinnaker chute bag.

The last video shows the spinnaker chute working clearly, in this collection -  https://photos.app.goo.gl/O6rrBYUKQTMXKILR2 

For chute bag I did a shitty job with an ikea bag. It didn't hold up, we wrecked it last time out. Any ideas?

Is there a source for small laminate sail material? The local (Miami) sail lofts I haven't found to be friendly.

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Love the pimping!!!  X-Ply as used in windsurfing sails is good tough stuff and relatively inexpensive.  $13.95/yard here:  https://www.sailrite.com/Monofilm-4mil-X-Ply-54      Alternative is to dumpster dive old windsurfing sails for x-ply.....but it seems like for under $30 with some taping you could be all set.

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If a local sail loft won't do it for you, toss it at a remote loft to make, or even find someone on Etsy to do a custom build for you. Define and design yourself, and if fabrication isn't your thing throw the sketch at the right people. Give them an old sail bag from a bigger boat to steal the materials from in the way of cloth.  Any canvas shop should be able to fabricate.

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On 4/8/2018 at 10:59 PM, martin.langhoff said:

My 8yo son has a Topaz/Topper Taz we recently pimped adding an assy spinnaker. The new setup is mostly sorted, except for the spinnaker chute bag.

The last video shows the spinnaker chute working clearly, in this collection -  https://photos.app.goo.gl/O6rrBYUKQTMXKILR2 

For chute bag I did a shitty job with an ikea bag. It didn't hold up, we wrecked it last time out. Any ideas?

Is there a source for small laminate sail material? The local (Miami) sail lofts I haven't found to be friendly.

Guys in the swift solo class have built snuffer bags out of barbecue covers- the $50 covers that are heavy nylon are bulletproof and hold up to UV rays well, laminate will disintegrate in the sun-

i sail a stealth dinghy with a similar snuffer and mine is Dacron on the top and mesh underneath- I added heave Cuben fiber stickyback to the part that attaches to the forward opening to protect it from the dousing line and halyard respectively- 

dont skimp on size either- the more room in the bag, the easier the hoist and douse, there’s enough friction as is 

conceivably you could look online for a snuffer from an mx ray check eBay, I’ve seen them before.. 

rs100 spinnaker sock may work too but it’s $200 and may be cost prohibitive 

http://www.rssailingstore.com/Catalogue/Other-Parts/R/100/RS100-Spinnaker-Sock-RS1-HF-100

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