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Inserting Sail Ribs

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Created by thejbix A week ago, 13 May 2019
thejbix
3 posts
13 May 2019 1:59AM
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Hello everyone!

I am new here. I just purchased my first windsurfing board and sail. I had a question about inserting sail ribs. This was a craigslist deal, and the ribs and it came with a few sets of ribs to be inserted into the sail. I'm not sure which ones to use. I was wondering what the length of the rib should be compared to being flush with the outside of the sale. This picture shows a rib that sticks out quite far, but the other ones are not flush with the outside of the sail. Is it ok for it to not be flush?

Any help is appreciated.

forceten
657 posts
13 May 2019 3:09AM
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They are battens, not ribs. They won't be flush, as shown, the strap , belt like goes around the end then into the buckle, you then clinch it up. It then pushes in and makes a foil.
Do you have more battens, than pockets ?

the one pictured looks about right for length.
This sail is rather old, while the adjustments all matter, don't fuss if it's not perfect.
You need to : after the battens are installed, tightness not important at this point, apply downhaul, pull the sail down to shape the foil, outhaul which is the clew end of the sail, out to the boom end. Both these numeric should be printed on the sail , bag, or both, a guide. I would tighten the battens after downhaul, before outhaul.
the precise settings , are approximate, a starting point, depending on many factors. This sail due its age is not so critical.

ive mentioned age, that doesn't mean it won't be useable, the board is important also.

thejbix
3 posts
13 May 2019 8:06AM
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Thank you so much for you advice! That group has the same amount of battens as pockets. I was able insert and tighten based on your instructions.

Thanks again

Ben1973
218 posts
13 May 2019 9:12AM
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The flexy end of the batten goes next to the mast, in your pic It looks like you've laid the batten on the sail backwards
there should also be a cap on the end for the webbing strap to go through

BSN101
WA, 1577 posts
13 May 2019 10:48AM
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Ben1973 said..
The flexy end of the batten goes next to the mast, in your pic It looks like you've laid the batten on the sail backwards
there should also be a cap on the end for the webbing strap to go through



well spotted





peterowensbabs
NSW, 124 posts
13 May 2019 9:20PM
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Are you in Australia? I have lots of these batons and some end fittings too if you need them, a great trick is to wrap them in heat shrink as they were prone to fibres pealing off and slicing your hands or worse splitting in the sail and slicing the fabric. From memory the Neil Pryde Wave sails had the grey batons above the boom and yellow tapered ones below the boom. I still have one old NP Wave from back then a 3.3M but you may find like mine that the fabric is letting go and breaking down, they are pretty old now.
Cheers Pete.

thejbix
3 posts
13 May 2019 10:55PM
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Thanks for the offer Pete,

I am in Kansas U.S, not a lot of surfers out here haha. Thanks to everyone on this forum for being so helpful.

forceten
657 posts
14 May 2019 1:33AM
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Email sent you. Me, I did, just now.



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