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Sail Kits - Sew it yourself sails
Glad to hear everything worked out well for you. It is empowering (if not always a big money saver) to make it yourself. In some projects, particularly when you own an orphaned (no longer manufactured, or "unsupported" as the computer savvy would say) boat model like mine, creating your own gear is sometimes the only option, particularly if original equipment is missing or no longer meets your needs.
My current DIY project is to make a dinette for my Helms 25 (didn''t have one when I bought it). I have designed it so that it will be able to be used in the cockpit (the brackets which attach the outboard end to the cabin wall will also be attachable to the metal rod traveler at the stern) as well as the traditional role of cabin dinette convertible to berth for sleeping on. The other neat feature it will have is retractable edge guards on the tabletop surface; put em up to keep stuff from sliding off the table, and retract for sleeping on so they don''t dig into you when you''re sleeping.
My next canvas project will probably be to make a sail cover integrated with my lazy jacks (there are a few aftermarket designs out there, Kemp, Doyle, Mack Pack, Sailmate), or else the dodger/poptop tent connectable to the bimini. I have to remember to bring my cheap digital camera with me on my trips to the marina so I can document all these neat projects. The Helms owner list for my boat is active and members seem to like hearing about others'' projects and seeing pics. Great way to share ideas and inspire others. I''d recommend you do the same if you have a digital camera; there''s got to be at least a couple of Pearson owner lists out there.
Enjoy your new custom made sail; just don''t crack too wide a grin when you raise it or your head will fall off!