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    Posted: 26 December 2011 at 8:01pm
Hi

I am about to sew a cover for our new roller furler.
The one we have on the forestay has a 16 m long zipper which you can open with the normal insertion pin and the little box on the other side which holds the slider in place; the mechanism looks "professional".  On the dodger, which is made by a canvas company they did something that looks "makeshift"  with thin webbing.
It would be no problem to get 15 m of zipper for the new furler at the inner forestay, but I do not know if one can buy the "opening mechanism" from somewhere since I want to open und close the UV cover not only once...? How do the sailmakers customize these long zippers?

Regards and a very happy new year to everybody
Andrea
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MattGrant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 December 2011 at 4:49pm
Hi Andrea,
I just found the posting so no need to re-submit.
 
It is not possible to user install the slider pin and/or the starter box. This is why the canvas company you mentioned used a webbing strap to wrap the end of their custom zipper to keep it from comming apart. Short of doing this the only other option is to use multiple zippers and start and stop each one.
 
Hope this helps.
 
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I have done both, don't know where you are based, but there is a company in the UK called Kayospruce who sell zips up to 1828cms.
Alternatively as Matt said, just use more than one zipper, it's no big deal when you are hoisting it.
In some ways it's a safety feature. Wink
 
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