Rethinking the Foredeck Sail Bag

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In an old “Saturday Night Live” skit, Father Guido Sarducci describes a parallel universe where everything is exactly as in ours with the single exception that people eat corn-on-the-cob while holding the ear vertically rather than horizontally. I feel like I have travelled to a similar place when I look at foredeck sail bags. On the left is our 112% genoa, flaked and rolled up while hanked on to a mock-up of a forestay/turnbuckle. On the right is a foredeck sail bag that I made from a Sailrite kit. See the problem?

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The bag in no way reflects the shape of the flaked sail except for the sloping zipper, which mirrors the angle of the forestay.

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The existing bag is fine for our well-worn staysail, which is so flexible that it can just be stuffed inside like a spinnaker. But our genoa is virtually new and therefore very stiff. So my plan is to sew up a bag that has this shape.

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So here’s the bag. I made it larger in volume than the 112% genoa that we usually use so it will also fit the 150%. (And it’ll fit the 112 after a hasty/lazy flaking job.) It has a long zipper that differs from the usual bag in that it faces the foredeck rather than the stemhead. This will obviate the need to climb out onto the bow pulpit to bag the sail.

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Mirroring the shape of the flaked sail the profile is that of an upside-down ice-cream cone: triangular top and hemispherical bottom.

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Laterally its just a rectangle, again, like the flaked sail.

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The whole thing was made for fifty bucks; forty for the Sunbrella fabric and ten for that long zipper.

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