The need to be able to reef, and otherwise have an easy to handle sail became apparent this past summer sailing Lark. Being out on Lake Erie, by myself most of the time, and not having a handy sail, kind of forced me into doing something…better…safer. The balanced lug seems to get the most good marks in the reefable, easy to handle sail category – so that is the type of sail I have decided to go with. Sailrite came through with the Shellback dinghy sail kit, which is just the same size as my current lateen sail. 55 sq. ft. And the price was right too – $190 for the complete sail kit and the grommet setting tools needed for the job. Since then I have purchased a used zig zag sewing machine that seems pretty well able to stitch up the new sail.
No big rush as the snow has just started to fly around here, so sailing time will be a ways off yet. It will be a fun project to work on over the winter.