To set the scene: 70 year old marconi rig, 1" external bronze sail track on a spruce mast. Approx. 55' luff.
While I'd love a traditional sail, a new one for my boat would be 5-6000. I have a never-used full batten sail that will fit almost perfectly & I have well under a thousand invested in it. I have the batcars for the end of the battens that will fit my track. I must admit that I'm curious as to how she'll perform with this sail anyway - though anything would be better than the 30 year old main on her now.
My question is: What should I do for sail slides in between the batcars? They are about 8 ft. apart (working from memory & I'd rather not unpack the sail right now unless I need to for an answer) & my concern is that having only 6 points of attachment would put too much strain on bronze track.
Do I need to add slides (I have plenty of 'em as well as webbing)? If so, how close should they be?
I have some ideas, but would appreciate thoughts from people who know more than I do.....
Thanks in advance -