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Sail health. Three ways to determine the original flying shape of a well-used sail without having historical data from the sailmaker.
BOAT JOURNAL #75 Oct-Nov 1990 pg. 48

Effects of high heat on stored sails. Tips on reducing friction between sail's boltrope and a slotted spar.
BOAT JOURNAL #75 Oct-Nov 1990 pg. 49

Tips on recutting (altering a larger sail to fit a smaller boat).
BOAT JOURNAL #77 Feb-Mar 1991 pg. 40

Kitesailing, the use of traction kites to replace masts and sails on sailing boats. A review of the history, advantages, disadvantages, and tips on getting started in kitesailing.
KITE LINES Winter 1988-89 (v.7#2) pg. 52

How to convert your canoe to a sailing rig. Includes instructions for sewing the sail.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #538 Mar 1973 (v.69) pg. 88

Tip on sewing a straight, puckerless seam in nylon or dacron sails.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1972 (v.200#2) pg. 134

A look at new airfoils (wing-sails) and how they are changing sailing in a major way.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1974 (v.205#2) pg. 82

A look at the recent history of hang gliding and the Rogallo kite with emphasis on the aerodynamics of the sail wing.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Dec 1974 (v.231#6) pg. 138
Added Info SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Aug 1975 (v.233#2) pg. 119

How to make and use a "baggy wrinkle" to protect sails that rub on shrouds during a downwind run.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #46 Dec 1985-Jan 1986 pg. 65

Tip: Eliminate expensive track cars and shackles on every set of sails by leaving just one set of track cars equipped with sail "toggles" on the sail track. The toggles are simply pushed through the grommets of each set of sails to install or remove them.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #50 Aug-Sep 1986 pg. 87

Sail care. Part 1. Checking and cleaning.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #58 Dec 1987-Jan 1988 pg. 15

Sail care. Part 2. Storage and repair.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #59 Feb-Mar 1988 pg. 20

Roller furling and reefing. State of the art in headsail furling systems. Includes chart of manufacturers, features and prices. Looks at the pros and cons of a roller-furling headsail.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #62 Aug-Sep 1988 pg. 61

Removing the roach. Eliminate problems with battens by eliminating that section of sailcloth called a "roach" which is outside the straight line from the peak to clew.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #63 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 62

Three-in-one canvas stay bag saves stowage space, protects your headsail, and leaves the sail hanked on and ready to hoist.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #64 Dec 1988-Jan 1989 pg. 45

How to make and install reef points on a sail.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #64 Dec 1988-Jan 1989 pg. 47

Tip on locating the best sheeting position for a boomless lug or sprit sail.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #64 Dec 1988-Jan 1989 pg. 61

Sail care rituals. How to keep your sails looking good as new. Advice on furling sails, rolling sails and other routine care.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #65 Feb-Mar 1989 pg. 64

Sizing and installing replacement sail battens.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #65 Feb-Mar 1989 pg. 66

Tip on replacing the protective edgecovers on a roller furling sail.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #66 Apr-May 1989 pg. 79

Make your own sails. Some tips.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #67 Jun-Jul 1989 pg. 22

Tips on attaching telltales or numbers to a sail.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #69 Oct-Nov 1989 pg. 12

Formulas for determining the reefed and full areas of a sail.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #69 Oct-Nov 1989 pg. 12

Tip on solving batten and edge tension problems.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #69 Oct-Nov 1989 pg. 12

Tip on increasing the luff tension on a sail that isn't equipped with a downhaul.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #69 Oct-Nov 1989 pg. 12

How to set a sail in loosefooted fashion, even though it is roped for a slotted mast and boom.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #69 Oct-Nov 1989 pg. 13

Full-battened mains. Pros and cons of using full-battened mainsails.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #70 Dec 1989-Jan 1990 pg. 16

Sail cleaning tips using only water and a mild detergent.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #71 Feb-Mar 1990 pg. 24

Sail shaping. Introduction to techniques used to impart the three dimensional form to homemade sails.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #71 Feb-Mar 1990 pg. 24

Tips on choice of sailcloth for a small (75-square-foot) sail.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #71 Feb-Mar 1990 pg. 24

Tip on eliminating flutter in the leech of a homemade sail.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #71 Feb-Mar 1990 pg. 25

Piecing cloth to harness the wind. Simple hand-stitching and machine sewing make a boat's suit of sails. Tips from a professional sailmaker.
THREADS #11 Jun-Jul 1987 pg. 48

How to permanently attach (sew) reef points (nettles) to a sail.
WOODENBOAT #38 Jan-Feb 1981 pg. 100

Surveying your sails. Learning what to look for. How to ensure the longevity of your sails.
WOODENBOAT #93 Mar-Apr 1990 pg. 61