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Sail Kits - Sew it yourself sails
It''s likely the next "big" canvas work project I tackle will be a custom dodger/tent arrangement for my popup cabin top. There is not likely to be a source of "ready made" dodgers that could fit my boat like there are ready made biminis (I got one from Overtons). Doing it custom will allow me to make it fit my boat, not only in terms of dimensional fit,but also in terms of having features suited to how I want my boat set up(i.e. being able to connect the dodger to the bimini, deciding whether I want to integrate the poptop into the dodger, or make it so that the pop top can be raised or lowered independent of the dodger, installing pass throughs for any lines led to the cockpit that need access to cabin top winch, etc.) I agree that if you can find a decent set of used sails or a new bimini for less than what a sailrite kit would cost, your time and energy might be better spent on other projects, like wind scoops for your hatches, custom covers for your tiller, winch, sails, rub rail bumpers, seat cushions for the cockpit, sail covers integrated with your lazy jacks, etc. There''s lots of stuff you can try out your new sewing machine on with a little imagination. Plus, if you find a nice main from Bacon that doesn''t have reef points, there''s another project for you.
Enjoy your sailing machine and your boat!