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 Post subject: 2015 TI Sail Change?
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 5:58 pm 
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I've been interested in adding a masthead wind indicator and liked Sun E Sailor's solution. The photos in his thread weren't loading so I PM'd him and he graciously emailed the photos to me. With his permission, one is reproduced here.

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Note the circumferential nylon webbing that he uses to attach the Windex base.

On my sail, the webbing is absent.

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I'd like to know if this is a deliberate change or if I have a collector's item on my hands. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: 2015 TI Sail Change?
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 7:35 pm 
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My guess is that it is a running change, and would not seem to affect the operation of the top of the sail (locking it in to the top of the mast.

I like to believe that the route I took was easier, just involving finding a PVC pipe joiner of a suitable diameter to fit over the mast (whether or not the top of the sail has circumferential velcro) and securing it with a couple of self tapper screws. Rather than using a rigid bracket, I chose to push the bottom of the wind indicator (Windward brand, a lot cheaper than the ubiquitous Windex brand) into a piece of plastic tube, in the hope that the indicator might survive a brush with low hanging foliage (this has been successfully tested several times!)

I stuffed the bottom half of this plastic tube with some dowling, so the securing nuts and bolts had something firm to lock onto.
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 Post subject: Re: 2015 TI Sail Change?
PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 8:12 pm 
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Just wanted to add my $0.02 to this topic. I ended up going with a Davis Spar Fly wind indicator. I had to modify the base plate by drilling another hole. After that I was able to screw the plate right onto the tabs that wrap around the webbing strap at the top of the sail.
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With the plate at the top you can still furl without anything getting fouled up. This model's shaft is threaded and it just screws right into the base. Makes for an easy removal and installation.
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 Post subject: 2015 TI Sail Change?
PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 8:23 pm 
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TI_Tom wrote:
Just wanted to add my $0.02 to this topic. I ended up going with a Davis Spar Fly wind indicator. I had to modify the base plate by drilling another hole. After that I was able to screw the plate right onto the tabs that wrap around the webbing strap at the top of the sail.
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With the plate at the top you can still furl without anything getting fouled up. This model's shaft is threaded and it just screws right into the base. Makes for an easy removal and installation.
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That's a nice clean mounting solution. What size and type of screws did you use? Do they penetrate through to the other side the plastic tabs?


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 Post subject: Re: 2015 TI Sail Change?
PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 8:59 pm 
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It was the 5mm #10 screws that came with the setup. They do go all the way through the tabs but not much farther. I did drill small pilot holes before I put the screws in just in case.

It was just dumb luck that the base plate is almost the exact same diameter as the mast cap. 8-)

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