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Interested in what you have in your sail repair toolbox. On my list is a good seaming palm, good roping palm, few fids, twine, swivel bench hook, various sizes of sail twine, thimbles, little bit of sail cloth, hand sewing needles, wax, and ... what else ? I am thinking I will use a little gun oil on the metal tools and store everything in some kind of a toolbox just for the purpose, maybe wrap the spare sail cloth around the tools. Ideas ?
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Sail thread in the most commonly used weights might be nice too. Just get a regular ditty bag for the kit... A butane powered hot knife isn't a bad addition, either is a butane lighter. Some emergency quick grommets and such would probably be wise too.
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Self-adhering tape, foam-back tape, spare hanks, grommets, shackles, pins, some small glue tubes, and a few strips of dacron with some pre-punched holes, in addition to the stuff you carry. That's for fixing a small rip or a chafe point. If it's a bigger issue, I usually carry an old sail (like a worn No. 3 used as a riding sail) that I could cut up if I was away from the sailmakers' for a couple of weeks.
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4" wide dacron tape
Fast Cure 3M 5200 (substitutes need for thread !!!)
Spare spur grommets, slugs, small webbing for slugs,
Waxed 6 ply sail twine
Automatic (spooled) sewing awl with Tenara thread
Palm and needles .... plus wax
Rings for hand sewing grommets
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I just looked in my kit and I have pretty much what everyone else suggests, but I also have a seem ripper and both left and right handed palms (I'm a lefty, but you never know who might be sewing). When we go on extended cruises we also bring a long arm sewing machine.
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A Sailrite or equivalent is on my list, once we install bigger batteries and our inverter. My 1/2" Makita and a sewing machine are the two "appliances" (aside from a coffeemaker!) I can see using offshore the most.
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