Sunfish Sail Cover
Category: Sail cover, boats, sailboat, boom, mainsail
Problem: With my modified rig using the topping lift and my mast support the boom now rests horizontally above the deck when the boat is on the beach, therefore a sail cover that has slots in it to accommodate the various lines and mast is required to protect the sail.
Action: I secured a scrap bolt of material, which was approximately 54” wide, cut it to length, which would be leaving a foot on either end of the boom extra, ripped it down the middle and then sewed around the edges, cut slots into it on the bias, added a grommet on either side of the slit with a small line tied to one of the grommets on either side of the slit that could be used to wrap around and tie it together.
Result: An inexpensive, easy to use, sail cover was created. I was experimenting with a number of different rigging configurations, which meant if things changed I didn’t have a large investment in a sail cover.
Additional Thoughts: Once the rigging is finalized, a more permanent sail cover with Velcro tabs made of Sunbrella fabric to prevent UV damage and years of use is much more appropriate and would be the logical next step. This cover supplements any covers that already exist for the hull or the hull and boom configurations.