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constructing a sunfish sail

I need a little help in constructing a Sunfish sail. I am mostly doing this project to work on my sewing skills versus actually needing a new sail for my boat. I have been trying to find some youtube videos or some other website that might give me some pointers on how to go about doing it. So far my search has been fairly unsucessful except for a brief blurp in "The Sailmakers Apprentice" that says that these sails are easy to construct and it's hard to do it incorrectly. I have my original sail to use as a guide so I was just going to measure the panels and go from there. I assume that a sunfish sail wont have any camber in them and it is no more difficult that just sewing the pieces together and then adding grommts and the other hardware as needed.

I am completely going into this blind so if anyone has any hints or can point my search for instructions in the right direction I would appreciate it.

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Re: constructing a sunfish sail

I'm not so sure a Sunfish sail doesn't have some camber in it.
I think that if you copy the panels from your existing sail you should be fine though.
I do recommend using basting tape for aligning the seams prior to sewing:
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Re: constructing a sunfish sail

I seem to recall my old sunfish sail had some camber... or it was just old and blown out

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Re: constructing a sunfish sail

Sailrite has lots of how to videos on sail making
Sunfish Lateen Mainsail Kit
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Re: constructing a sunfish sail

Lateen sails have no camber. Trying to put in camber will screw it up (I know, I tried)..
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Re: constructing a sunfish sail

I guess that you induce camber by easing the tension between the two "booms" slightly.

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Re: constructing a sunfish sail

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Sailrite has lots of how to videos on sail making
Sunfish Lateen Mainsail Kit
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I saw the sailrite kit. Although they didn't have a video on their website. I pretty much have all the materials that I need. I am really just wanting to use some stuff that I already have. This is more just for practice, so I don't want to have too much invested in it. It may not be very functional no matter what kind of materials I use.

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Re: constructing a sunfish sail

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I guess that you induce camber by easing the tension between the two "booms" slightly
And also by the stretch of the sail cloth. I would imagine it makes a difference how the panels are oriented, and how heavy the material is.

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