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    Posted: 25 May 2005 at 6:09pm
I have a customer who wants me to modify his sail cover w/ zippers and an opening for two lines of a Dutchman flaking system.  My plan is a zipper with a flap covering it to keep the sun off of the zipper.  I want the opening for the line, which exits out of the top of the cover, to be as small as possible.  I plan to use leather to take the wear.  How do I make an opening small enough to keep the sun from the sail, and still be able to trim the edges with leather.  I hope I have made myself clear.
Robert

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I recommend making the slit large enough that the Dutchman line has room for different positions allowing for variations in the way the cover is positioned on the boom. To close the opening consider sewing a collar around the slit and use velcro at the top of the collar. Then slap the collar closed tight around the line to keep the harmful UV rays out. Following this approach you can still reinforce the opening edges with leather. Thanks and good luck! Matt Grant - Sailrite
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