Small Boat Sail Repair
I have an O'Day Flying Saucer (iheartodays.com/model_flying_saucer.html) that I bought on e-bay a year or two ago. It is in pretty good condition, but the sails are starting to show some wear, and I need to do some repairs. I know how to sail, but I've never repaired a sail before, so I am in need of some guidance. I'd really like to do the repairs myself, and I think that on this scale I can, I'm just not sure where to begin. I've looked at tutorials online, and I can follow those just fine, but I'm not sure what will work best for the type of boat I have.
Here's a few specific questions:
-What weight of sailcloth do I need? I haven't been able to find any info about the Flying Saucer's type of sails; is there a standard for small boats?
-Can I or should I repair it by hand, or do I need a sewing machine?
-One of the problem areas is near the base of the mainsail where it rubs up against the side stays. Should it do this? Do I just sew a sacrificial piece on there and then replace it periodically?
Thanks in advance for any help!
There are several good books on sail repair and canvas work. Check Amazon.com or Alibris.com for them. Putting a sacrificial patch over the areas where it rubs is a good idea, and generally the simplest fix. While you can repair it by hand, it would probably faster, simpler and easier if you had a decent sewing machine to use to do the repairs. If you don't own one, you could probably buy a used Pfaff for fairly cheap. The older Pfaff machines are built like tanks. I just bought on a week or so ago, and it can go through seven layers of sunbrella without much trouble. :)
You could also contact a sail loft about them doing the repair for you. Get a quote first.
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