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Ned advice re replacing Dutchman guides to sail

I need some advice on how to reattach the Dutchman guides onto our sail. Our sails have little circle plastics that would guide the Dutchman lines through the sail. We do not currently have a Dutchman system, but the sail has the plastic guides and a hole in the sail for the line to go through. I suppose the PO had used or considered using the Dutchman system so he had the grommets (fairleads?) put in the sail.

A couple of those plastic guides have fallen off, and although we are not using the system, there are small holes in the sails that were covered by the plastic guide. It might not be good to have those small holes in the sail without the cover attached. Any opinions?

Also, what type of glue do I use to glue on another cover? I don't have a picture, but they attach to both sides of the sail. Has anyone dealt with this?

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Dutchman does refer to them as fairleads and I could find no mention of how they are attached in my owners manual. I have a 13 Y.O. sail with them and they are really on there solid. Might have to call the company or a local "approved" sailmaker to see if they will tell you.
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You can call these guys. Products at LinthicumSailmakers
They were helpful when I needed a few spare parts for my last Dutchman.
My new main has a new Dutchman and it is quite different, notibly with much greater spacing between the fairleads so the sail hangs down below the boom when flaked. Point being, different sailmakers incorporate the Dutchman system differently so a local sailmaker that offers the system is probably your best bet and you should treat this as ordinary sail repair.
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Thanks for the help both Capts

I will probably see if a local sailmaker has the same type and shape fairlead and get replacements. Also need to ask what the glue should be..
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