Code Zero sail added

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We added a new sail to our rig, a CODE ZERO. After repairing and rebuilding our new mast and rigging, we finally got the boat back to where it was when we stored her in Puerto Rico. Then Hurricane Maria damaged us and we came back to Stuart Florida for repairs by Mack Sails. Once finished we really had nothing to show for all this work and money, so, we bought Island Spirit a cool new CODE ZERO furling spinnaker. These sails are good with a wind angle of 40 degrees down to 140 degrees but the best angle is 50 to 110 and apparent winds up to 20 knots.  The true beauty is that the sail simply unfurls and out it comes. Then when you are finished with it, you simply furl it up and it stays in place forward of the jib. To accomplish this we added a masthead crane extension and a new halyard. We welded a new attachment point between the anchor rollers and we added a new self-tailing winch to the mast. Here is a photo of the first day we hoisted the sail:

Sailing 2 knots in 4 knots of wind, Code ZERO only!

Welding the Bow

We needed to add an attachment point on the bow, so we hired the best welder in Stuart, Florida, Mike Davis of Native Welding. We moved the boat to the docks and placed the bow over the dock and Mike was able to modify our bow rollers and we added a new arch welded between the two rollers. This places the Code Zero attachment point dead center and well forward of the forestay. On the newer IPs, with the larger bow rollers, they can simply shackle to the existing roller structure. This mod, we are now pulling up on both anchor rollers which are thru bolted with larger bolts than our forestay uses, so we have no worries about strength here. Take a look at the welding process photos. Very nice work.

We docked and then lowered the anchors, then moved the bow over the dock
Mike Davis is an artist and a talented welder. We added a new arch between the rollers
This is stainless steel welding which needs argon gas and 100 amps of power
Mike’s helmet is a digital welders helmet with fans, exhaust and it records the hours welding
Mike Davis welding stainless steel on Island Spirit
The added bow between the rollers
The two outer bows are simply bolted on, we wanted something stronger so we welded the center bow.

The Furling Rig

Code Zero sails use a continuous line furling rig. This rig is the Profurl NEX 2.5 which has a working load of 2.5 tons, or 5,000 lbs. The idea is that these sails can be rolled out and deployed easily and they can be furled back up just like a jib. The furling line is continuous and comes off the drum back to the cockpit where it returns to the drum via a ratchet block. This helps with furling by allowing the sail to roll out easily.  To see, watch this YouTube Video here by Profurl: https://youtu.be/rcgc5CnJbl4 

 

The Profurl NEX 2.5 Flying Sail Furler

The Code Zero forward of the Jib

The Code Zero stays furled up and forward of the jib. This becomes one of the most used sails on the boat because it has such a wide range of uses. Unlike a spinnaker, which you have to get out, hoist with the sock on it, rig up the tack to the bow, set up the sheets and pull up the halyard. Then set up the boat on the course, pull up the sock and then set the sail. With this, you get on course, roll out the Code Zero and sail. When finished, roll it back up and leave it right there. For the spinnaker, you go up on deck as the wind builds (oh great) then pull down the sock, now this big tube of sail is hanging there, now lower it to deck or down a hatch and good luck finding a place to store it. Code Zero, furl it, forget it. DONE.

Here is the Code Zero in its place, ready to go. ready to sail

Sailing Photos, Fun Fun Fun

Our second day we sailed 3 times up and down the river and sailed from 40 degrees down to 140 degrees. This sail loves 50-110 degrees. We have a whisker pole and a topping lift so we can rig this for dead downwind as well. Enjoy these sailing photos.

Reaching
Close reaching
no main sail, just the code zero
Our sailmaker is www.MackSails.com We really like this family run USA Stuart Florida company
so much fun
Looking aft, this is about a 165% 170%
Fun Fun Fun

Captain Photo Required

Hayden with his new code zero, way more to follow, just wait til we get to sea with this sail

Hayden with our new Code Zero Sail

Tomorrow we hit the OCEAN

.Tomorrow we will take Island Spirit out to the ocean and test this sail out in 10-15 knots with the full mainsail up. This will be very exciting. We will have a drone flying and our friend Ed taking video from a chase boat. We are working with Mack Sails on a video, this should really be fun.

We really like Mack Sails Company. Thank you, Colin and Travis www.MackSails.com
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4 Replies to “Code Zero sail added”

  1. Glad you’re finding time to have some fun with all the work and land travel you’ve been doing. Safe travels. Enjoy that new sail. Loretta and Jim s/v Plan Sea

  2. Hi Guys, I enjoyed seeing what’s new in the sailing world. The Code Zero sail is certainly a very versatile sail from every aspect — wide points of sail and no storage problems, ease of deployment, etc. I certainly can relate to all your comments regarding hoisting, sock on & off, etc. I wish you luck and lots of enjoyment with your new sail. BTW clever mounting at the bow! Chuck B

  3. Wow – this sail looks so cool and you are so excited! Have fun but get back to PA soon!
    Anita and Mark

  4. NIce upgrade. WOW.

    Love your blog!!

    If you have the newer anchor rollers XXX IP’s, how would you attached the code zero to the boat. Would you still weld a tang like you did? or would you consider something like Dyneema? I have a 380 and now am seriously jealous!

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