Some pals gave us a new mainsail for Solara. That was good, because our old one was stretched out and the leech flapped chronically. The new sail was great, but our mast has a track for brass cars to slide on and this sail didn't have them.
The privateer knot is the quickest way to tie d-rings or other attachments to a sail.Zan Armstrong
demonstrates how to put grommets on the edge of a sail and tie on cars for a mast track. She uses straps of scrap leather to do the job. Here's the finished knot, front and back views.
It took us a couple of hours to grommet the sail and tie the cars on this way. The other methods would have probably taken a couple of days. It looks complicated, but after you've done a couple the rest go on really quick.
In his book "Sailmaker's Apprentice", Emeliano Marino
says: "Use heavy, well-oiled latigo leather, cutting an experimental piece to determine the length you need. No not make the slit too close to the end of the leather, and finish all slides equidistant from the sail edge. This is a salty and durable method." This is the best sailmaking book I know of.
continues the Free Yacht saga begun at How to Get a Free Yacht
Here's the table of contents of the whole saga:Chapter 1: How to Get a Free YachtChapter 2: Maiden Voyage of the Free YachtChapter 3: Fix Broken Stix and other TrixChapter 4: Outboard Motor Mutilates FootChapter 5: It's sinking and it's on Fire.Chapter 6: How To Give Away a Free YachtChapter 7: Get an Even Better One and Fabulize it.Chapter 8: Celebrate FreedomChapter 9: Technicolor DreamboatChapter 10: Privateer KnotChapter 11: Dismasted!Chapter 12: Kiteboat!Chapter 13: Mast Raising