There are several good books on sail repair and canvas work. Check Amazon.com or Alibris.com for them. Putting a sacrificial patch over the areas where it rubs is a good idea, and generally the simplest fix. While you can repair it by hand, it would probably faster, simpler and easier if you had a decent sewing machine to use to do the repairs. If you don't own one, you could probably buy a used Pfaff for fairly cheap. The older Pfaff machines are built like tanks. I just bought on a week or so ago, and it can go through seven layers of sunbrella without much trouble.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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