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    Posted: 23 February 2012 at 11:10am
Hello,

I bought a new, old stock, Trac-18 full batten sail which I need to cut down 10 inches. This should not be difficult, but I am unsure as to what I should use as layers of re-inforcement under the new headboard position. Currently there are multiple layers of fabric reinforcing the original position under the headboard, but this will all be cut off.  What do I sew down before rivetinging the headboard in the new position?   By chance the upper most batten of this currently pointy sail has a single short 17" batten at ~45 degrees, like a gaff, supporting the very top of a full roach.  Once cut down, this will create a near square top!   (I don't have a backstay to worry about, although a topping lift will be awkward.)  Is there anything that I should consider? Is there any reason I should not use pop rivets to re-attach the headboard?  It seems silly to buy a special rivet tool for a handfull of rivets.

(FYI,  once this sail is serviceable, I will attempt a bolt rope replacement on the original much heavier duty sail.  It would be easy enough to mess up and loose a sailing season without a backup.)

Any guidance will be appreciated.

Don
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