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  1. Thanks guys. I chatted w Joseph (the owner) and he seems like “good people” but I just wanted to check that I wasn’t overlooking anything. Happy New Year to you all! Gabe
  2. I am interested in a small electric outboard to power an inflatable dinghy (and for another related project). EP Carry seems like a nice one, the price is very nice compared to Torqueedo and I like that the battery is separate from the motor unit. https://www.electricpaddle.com/ If anybody has any experience with it, comments, advice, random musings, etc, I will appreciate hearing from you.
  3. Yes, I have those exact twisty things on the bottom of the sail cover now. If my new sailpack will work as envisioned, it will be being pushed apart a bit by the sail, and I don’t think these toggles will do as well when being pulled apart. Anyway, that’s all a bit premature now, there is much else to do before that point.
  4. I thought of that but on a sail cover the twisty connectors only have wind load and such on them. On a modified like I am contemplating, they would bear a portion of the sail’s weight and I don’t think they would be strong enough for that. A “final version” will prob end up with zippers, but for prototyping purposes, I might do something like the loop and wooden toggles or some kind of giant buttons as used to be common on winter coats
  5. Thank you for your answer. Yes, I feel your pain (:-) My idea for these lazyjacks is for them to be very low and only used to open / close the sides of the pack enough for the sail to drop in. I think that if they have to extend more than 24” above the top of the pack, it will not be worth doing. Right now, with 6 months of COVID-y winter ahead of me, it looks like I will have plenty of time to fiddle with this. I plan to mock it up in my garage and first so I won’t even be cold while doing it (:-) I’ve seen people shove their sail into stack packs the same as you woul
  6. Yes, if I do this I would need the flakes to be upwards instead of downwards and I thought of letting it sit in the proper position over the winter to create the proper “memory.”
  7. Hah! Forgot about that (:-) Lots of water under the bridge since this spring ... As I’ve been thinking further about this since yesterday, lazy jacks perform 2 jobs: 1) they guide the sail into the pack, and 2) together with the pulleys, they open / close the pack so it can accommodate the sail on its way down. If the sides of the pack are attached permanently to the mast at the front, like the Mack Pack example at the top of this thread, the sail might choose to drape around the pack instead of into it. There is still be the need to open up the pack to allow it to re
  8. The lazy jacks keep it inside the pack, but they don’t do anything to make it flake neatly. It seems to me that the SP+DM would have it in the pack flaked more neatly. However, I could be wrong, hence this thread and the appeal to the hive mind of SA.
  9. These guys (see pic below) attach the front of the pack to the mast with a top hook and toggles. In their case, the lazy jacks take up most of the load, the hooks / toggles are more of an afterthought, so I would have to beef mine up, but otherwise I think it would work. On the other hand, without the lazy jacks to hold them up, the sides of the pack might flop and flutter around and this may create an issue. Yes, 3 separate zipper sections. Not as simple as a single long zipper operated from the cockpit, but a lot easier than the sail ties and sail cover.
  10. I have a Dutchman system on a 30-ft boat. I don’t like messing with the sail cover on/off etc. I want to put in a sailpack and I’m thinking of combining it with the Dutchman. Con: instead of having a single long zipper, it will require 3 zippers (or toggles?) that get opened closed separately from the cabin top. Pro 1: the sail will flake more neatly inside the pack. Pro 2: no lazy jacks to get fouled / tangled in the battens. Any comments, suggestions, etc are welcomed and appreciated (:-)
  11. OMG! First duct tape, and now napkins! Are you from ... the future ? (:-) (:-) Seriously though, yes, I might do something more permanent if I finish my other projects (:-)
  12. My mast is keel-stepped. If I reinforce it with some of the miraculous duct tape you speak of, don’t you think I might be able to dispense with these bothersome shrouds altogether? At that point, in order not to over-stress the duct tape, it might behoove me to preferentially sail only on days with following winds, but that’s pretty much every day in Long Island Sound, so no biggie (:-)
  13. Sorry, that was there from the previous owner. I don’t know what he used and I haven’t had to use any myself. On the other hand, the rubbery tape that bonds to itself when you stretch it would work pretty well there.
  14. Both of you are correct. I think that for this season I will look for a cheap 6-10 hp outboard and sort out payload / handling etc. If it appears promising I will work on converting to electric for next spring. A fellow Anarchist in U.K. converted the same cat to power and gets 20kts from 25hp but I will be happy w 10(ish) kts.
  15. Thank you. That is a valid point. I realize that this would be a very crude procedure, but it would be only in very flat water to start with. My marina is literally next door to the US Merchant Marine Academy and ordinarily I might chat up some of their folks, but COVID makes casual approaches like that unwelcome ...
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