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Sail repair - Tape or Sew? w/ pictures

As the pictures show, this sail has about an 8" separation at one of the seams. My original intention was to try and sew it back together, but I don't think that's going to work very well. I bought some Kevlar tape, but I've used sailtape before and didn't hold very well. Anyone got a suggestion?

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I've had good luck with sail tape on Dacron. Do two layers, both vertical and horizontal. Never tried it on Mylar, though.
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Laminate sails can be a problem since traditional sail repair materials can have a problem sticking to the laminate materials. I think you're going to have to put a big patch over the rip on both sides of the sail, and then sew it in place. It would be better if the patch materials were adhesive backed, as it would make the repair easier to complete and probably a good deal stronger as a final result.
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I was thinking I'd need a bigger patch, all I could find today was 3" tape at West Marine.
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I couldn't wait to get a bigger patch, so I used the 3" adhesive Kevlar tape. It seems to have stuck pretty good, (I put it on both sides). We'll see.....

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I'd sew through the tape as well.
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I'd sew through the tape as well.
Well, I should have taken your advise. I tried it out yesterday, without sewing through the tape and it didn't hold. It lasted about 20 minutes. Dang it!
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I'm heading out to take some photos of a sail I bought that was torn. ($20.00 for a Neil Pryde working jib before anyone laughs too hard about buying it)

I'll post up a photo of it and see if anyone can reccomend how to fix it. I don't have a single sail loft anywhere near me in Denver...
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LOL... I told ya so... Damn... the glue just isn't as sticky as it used to be... actually, I think it is more a matter of the mylar being harder to stick to than anything else. Stitching it up properly always makes a glued-on patch much stronger.

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Well, I should have taken your advise. I tried it out yesterday, without sewing through the tape and it didn't hold. It lasted about 20 minutes. Dang it!
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I have a 140% dacron genny on my O'Day 302 with a leech seem rip, my plan is to use sail tape on both sides to hold the edges together then sew a 6 inch strip of dacron on both sides through the tape. I have an industrial sewing machine and i'm running to Defender this morning to pick up supplies. Will let you know how it works out.

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