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Postby Guest » Sun Sep 16, 2001 8:51 pm

Dear All

Just purchased a used J 80 but can't find any attachment for the mailsail "tack" corner except for "the lowest slug" that fits in the mast grove below the "feeding area". Is this correct? What's missing?

Thanks for any assistance.

Postby Guest » Mon Sep 17, 2001 5:59 am


a lot of boat are set up with loose foot and they only have an eye in the tack and a eye in the clew. Give you much better sail shape low down.

You should have a eye in the corner of the sail.

Have another look.


Postby Guest » Mon Sep 17, 2001 8:38 am

At the bottom of the track for the main just above the gate is a small hole. Into this hole fits a pin just like those in the companionway ladder. This will keep the slugs from coming out. Put ALL the slugs above
the pin. Use the cunningham to keep the tack in the lower part of the track.
This makes getting full hoist on the main much easier than if you have a pin in the tack through the boom fitting.

Postby Guest » Mon Sep 17, 2001 2:21 pm


Most likely there is no tack fitting. For some time now we have been using a "floating tack" that is an extra slug at the bottom of the luff very close to where you might find the tack ring. This slug runs in the groove below where the the cutout is for the slugs/boltrope entry. The cunningham will keep the slug slide from coming out. The remainder of the slug slides fit above the pin hole which Ken describes.

Jay Lutz
North Sails

Postby Guest » Mon Sep 17, 2001 4:28 pm

On my main (which is a UK sail) there is an eye sewn into the tack corner. There is a clevis pin on the boom which I insert through this eye. The clevis pin is attached to the boom through the same fitting to which the main reefing hooks are attached.

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