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Whats with the chevrons on the luff of asails?


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#1 jackdaw

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 07:12 PM

See more and more of this, AFAICT only on asails. Usually 3 or 4 sets of them spaced along the luff. Seems to be a euro thing, as least that's where the sails I've seen with them have come from. What gives?

 

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#2 notallthere

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 07:16 PM

helps give contrast on an all white sail for the trimmer to see. especially useful at night.



#3 full circle

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 07:42 PM

helps the driver know which way to point the boat.



#4 DennisY

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 07:45 PM

+1



#5 'moondance44

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 07:57 PM

Its shows the proper attachment point for a tow line 



#6 Kevlar Edge

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:08 PM

so you can tell the luff from the leech.......



#7 Polio

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:19 PM

It's to help see the draft of the sail ... typically move the sail vertically (down fucker in/out) until the arrow points parallel to the water



#8 some dude

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:24 PM

helps give contrast on an all white sail for the trimmer to see. especially useful at night.

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So you can see the luff curling.

#9 VwaP

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:26 PM

Its to let others know whos is on the boat much like someone wearing their keys attached to their belt on their left side.

#10 USA190520

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:52 PM

It's to let the trimmer know he's worth less than the kite he's trimming

#11 Ned

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:51 PM

> = greater than

 

< = less than

 

hope that helps



#12 Left Hook

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:55 PM

It's the mouth part of Pac Man... duh...



#13 glowmaster

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:58 PM

supposedly curl it to the inside of the chevrons.  I dunno. I curl it less on my tri.



#14 SailChiTown

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 03:33 AM

> = greater than
 
< = less than
 
hope that helps


+1 !!!!!
No better explanation.