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Dave_E 08-18-2013 10:26 AM

Sail Cleaning Anyone?
Hi All,

The water test went very well yesterday on the Allmand 31, however the sails are just filthy... embarrasingly! Kept their shape well, threads are nice and tight, material isn't brittle, passed the awl poke test... they're just plain dirty! I have 2 mains and a 130 and 150 jib, so I can take 2 to get cleaned without getting stuck at the dock with no sails for any period of time.

Would like to hear from folks who have taken their sales to a loft for cleaning, what you paid and how satisefied you were. I have nowhere to lay out a sail and try to do it myself.


capttb 08-18-2013 10:37 AM

Re: Sail Cleaning Anyone?
Last time it was $.50 sq. ft. can be up to $.65, pretty good overall but they usually can't get rust or other bad stains out entirely.
I think mine charges the .65 if they take off, pick-up and return and replace the sail, since he's less than a 100 yds from the boat I take them to him.

Christian Williams 08-19-2013 12:29 PM

Re: Sail Cleaning Anyone?
Scrub a test section on the boat, using various soaps and cleaners and also a mild solution of household bleach (if it's Dacron). In my experience professional cleaning doesnt do more than you can and is a better preventative than whitener.

captainrizzo 08-19-2013 01:07 PM

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I just had my main and 135 genoa repaired and cleaned. North Sails in Annapolis charges $3.30 per pound for the cleaning. I am pleased with how they came out. They look like new.

captflood 08-19-2013 03:27 PM

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GREETINGS EARTHLING; I have had good results using baby bottle sterilizing fluids on sails, stops mould groth straight away but use on small area first and see results before doing wole sail AS ALWAYS GO SAFE

ABH3 Boyer 08-22-2013 03:19 PM

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If your home is close to your dock you can do it yourself in your bath tub. I couldn't find any good reliable info and wasn't willing to ship them out at the beginning of this season so I took it upon myself to figure out. I have darcon sails. Follow the directions on the box of oxyclean for soaking clothing. I let my 1st one soak for only 1 hour and it brightened up but didn't get clean. The next one I soaked for 2 hours and it came out clean but still didn't take out the stains. My 3rd sail I let soak for 4 hours and it came out beautifully. I was also very careful to rinse and dry them thoroughly. You could soak and rinse them in your bath tub then take them down to the boat and either take them out for a ride or just put them up on a calm day for a few hours. They dry really quick. I found no deterioration of my sails what so ever and they are the original from 1977.

T34C 08-22-2013 06:01 PM

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Send them to SailCare. They are going to do a much better job than anything else you will try.

benesailor 08-22-2013 06:13 PM

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i concur; fantastic


jimgo 08-22-2013 11:23 PM

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Dave, welcome!! I'm glad to find another Allmand owner on here!!!!

I used water, oxyclean, and a scrub brush on my old boat's sails. What I learned is that the scrub brushes can loosen the thread if it's been UV damaged. So, it's kind of a win/loss thing. I found a lot of places that needed to be restitched, but my sail was better for it.

On our new-to-us Allmand 31, I knew the Jib was dirty and it also needed to be resewn in places. I used North Sails in Annapolis because my sewing machine couldn't handle the foam luff for the restitching. They cleaned and fixed everything for about $400. The jib looks great, and we just finished a 200+ mile ride during which we motorsailed mostly with the jib up (we had a lot of downwind running) and the jib stress-tested just fine.

JimsCAL 08-22-2013 11:53 PM

Re: Sail Cleaning Anyone?

Originally Posted by ABH3 Boyer (Post 1077902)
I found no deterioration of my sails what so ever and they are the original from 1977.

!!! I would guess that sails from 1977 are already deteriorated!

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