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NON-BINDING LUFF TIE SYSTEM

Here’s a nifty method of making certain that your sail can be easily hoisted and doused. I first came across this system in Dynamite Payson’s Build the New Instant Boats. However, I found the text and diagrams a little confusing to follow easily, so I redrew the diagram and modified the system slightly to use zip ties in place of the knotting approach Payson explains. I’ve tried the system before, and I agree with Payson when he says, “Phil Bolger’s luff tie system beats them [sail tracks and mast hoop systems] hollow for easy installation. It works perfectly for hoisting and dropping the sail, and it costs no more than the price of a few yards of line.”