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YKK Buckles vs Common Sense Eyelets for Sail Pack

Printed From: Sailrite Enterprises, Inc.
Category: Canvas Work
Forum Name: Covers and Awnings
Forum Discription: Canvas covers of all varieties
Printed Date: 02 December 2022 at 11:02am

Topic: YKK Buckles vs Common Sense Eyelets for Sail Pack
Posted By: CaptainSkully
Subject: YKK Buckles vs Common Sense Eyelets for Sail Pack
Date Posted: 28 December 2018 at 3:52pm
Hey folks,

I've done numerous Sailrite projects and have pretty much always followed the directions exactly.  I'm building a sail pack for my 37' charter boat and thought it would make sense to install black plastic buckles on the bottom edge instead of the toggles, which seem to rust very fast in the Caribbean.  

My dilemma is that if you use the toggles, the bottom edges of the sail pack meet, allowing noting to come out of the bottom of the sail pack.  I just discovered that if I go ahead and use the 2" buckles, they create a 3" gap between the bottom edges, which could allow some sail cloth to peek through.  I am planning on putting several of these buckles across the bottom of the sail pack, which would reduce the chance of anything falling out of the bottom and being exposed to UV.

Does anyone have any experience with this, input, warnings, suggestions, etc.?  I'd really like to keep moving forward with this project over the Holidays.

Happy Holidays!


Posted By: MattGrant
Date Posted: 28 December 2018 at 4:10pm
Hi Chris,
I really don't think a 3 inch gap at the bottom with harm anything, especially if the connections are not spaced too far apart. Plus the gap will help the sail and cover to breathe. I would say "continue-on".

Best Regards,
Matt Grant

Posted By: CaptainSkully
Date Posted: 28 December 2018 at 4:13pm
Awesome!  Thanks!  The boom is that wide, and it'll just give the sail pack a bit higher "pocket" to help catch the main.  I really appreciate the quick response!  I'll make sure to add a generous amount of buckles/straps.



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