Preview: How to Attach Sail Hardware, Part 3 – Sewn on Hanks

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There’s no school like the old school and Alison Wood shows us how true this is as she walks us through the steps of sewing on a hank.

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    Christopher Steingraber says:

    What a great video! Thanks for sharing! These seem great because the hold the sail and hanks so tight that the piston stays clear of the sail nice and parallel so you can easily move the piston too. I love the extra patches on the sail and the leather too. This is how it should be done! I had one new hank-on sail I got my hands on for a good deal from Bacon Sails and it had these plastic chafe protectors but they were just long enough to catch on the piston and keep it from closing! so I trimmed them down like the leather here but now there isn’t much protection for the sail. This looks like an excellent design and implementation and will try to stitch on some Dacron triangles on it with my old Pfaff industrial sewing machine. I do have various sails with hammer on hanks and they can be pricey but I have a question…most likely to ask the foundry, to reuse the hammer on hanks I’m sure an annealing process and re heat treating if needed were done would make them usable more times. would not solve the rotation thing but if you have many many hammer on hanks from old sails and want to use them to save money onto new sails that might make sense as an option. I don’t know too much about what temp and process bronze would anneal at or what hardness is a goal for wear resistance while not abrading the forestay if hardening is even possible for bronze.

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      Christopher Steingraber says:

      For example maybe using a propane torch for a bit on the hammer-On Hank on the area where it work hardens might anneal or stress relieve it. That would be good to know if practical such as with a torch and air cool is adequate.

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    David Green says:

    Is there a particular type of leather you use for the hanks? If I’m ever in the market for a suit of sails, these folks will be the first ones I contact for a quote.

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    Chris Tietjen says:

    Thanks Alison and Port Townsend Sails. Those three videos were worth the membership fee. You should do a series making an entire ‘sample sail’ that shows the techniques at every step. Of course no need to redo what you’ve already demonstrated. I’m very appreciative of the level of detail demonstrated. It is after all where the devil is.

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    David Tew says:

    The other day we found a 1965 cotton jib made in England with hanks sewn on like that. It was in the back of an old house’s closet. The sail itself was theadbare but we wanted to save the hanks. Had a devil of a time freeing them from the grommets! Turned the sail in to Sea Bags. They granted us a $150 credit toward having a custom bag made….

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    Ralph Wernett says:

    Great video, that’s an art that needs to be passed down. It looks like you have been doing this for a while, seeing you have a Very nice “padded riggers bench”

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    William Fanning says:

    A now even deeper admiration for your sails on my boat!

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    David Riegert says:

    You can tell she enjoys her craft. I’m gonna check how my hanks are put on. I know that I didn’t pay for this level of craftsmanship.

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    peter strietmann says:

    The attention to detail is off the chart!

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    Michael Vaughan says:

    makes me want to ditch my furler.
    Beautiful work.

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    Jeff Cain says:

    Thanks for such a great video, I am now going to check all my hanks. Hope they look as well done as these.


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