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Aaron Norlund

Mike and all,

Thanks for the comments. I've also posted on Cruiser's and SSCA forums, as well as that of SLM and the upholster's discussion group. There has been a lot of feedback

I've decided to do the exact opposite with my stackpack - I have it "sealed" along the bottom; at least, it's topstitched together and will attach to the boom with hanks, with my main being loose-footed. I'd like it to be able to double as a water catcher, so I'm putting a hose barb on the goose neck end. In addition, I've been on boats with open-bottom stackpacks and when it rains, it acts as a catcher alright - you wind up with a extra-drippy boom during and after the rain. I'm not worried about it staying soggy inside the bag - Sunbrella vents well, as long as it's not in a puddle or on a deck.

I've been taking photos of my construction process and, assuming I can get it all to work on the boat, I'll post the photos and maybe write a little something - Maybe for Spring Windblown.

I've been sewing all night and just connected the two sides of the stackpack along the foot - real time consuming to get all of the hank webbing (which I've covered in Sunbrella to preserve it) sewn in as much has to be done by hand cranking the machine (going through 3/4" of material). When the rest of my materials show up today and tomorrow, I should be able to finish my jib and stays'l bags, as well as get the zipper/support tubes on the stackpack. I'm still trying to decide between bronze clips and zippers for the foredeck bags. I'm leaning toward both; a zipper the length of the stay with three clips across the front, and a clip on the bottom and top directly to the stay (like a hank) to take the tension of the halyard holding the bag off the deck. I'm concerned that clips only would let the bags "pucker" along the stay and admit light. Seems like a zipper guarantees (while working) that the sacrificial flap takes the UV.

I'll likely put a section of net in the bottom of both foredeck bags. I have some PVC coated Phifertex style stuff, but it's blue and my bags are green. Doesn't really matter as it's on the bottom, but it might annoy me since I'm going through all the motions to make these buggers!

OK all, bed time. Thanks for your comments!

Safe stitching,
Aaron N.

Cheers!
Aaron N.

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