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post #5 of Old 09-08-2001
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i sent my jib (393 SF) and main (334 SF) from my 40 foot beneteau to Sail Care, Inc in pennsylvania. I decided to have only the jib cleaned and repaired. They dry clean the sail, re-impregnated the dacron cloth with resins and UV inhibitors, restiched the sunband, reinforced the leathers, repaired my spreader patches and fixed the overlay on the luff. Cost was less than $600 including shipping. They can only clean and service dacron sails as dry cleaning fluids do not harm fabric fibers like dacron. Laminates would be destroyed.

Sail came back pure white, no mildew, grease or oil stains. You can''t tell it was a 6 year old sail from a charter boat. It looks and performs as new. Even sail shape was restored close to new.

Call Gerry at Sail Care - 800-433-7245. I will always have Gerry look at a sail first before ever thinking of buying new unless I was looking for increased sail area or special laminate performance sails. They perform miracles.

Good luck

Captain Ron
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