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Should I have the asym repaired?

I got a call from Doyle today. They want $700 to fix my asym. Actually that includes fixing the dowsing sock too, since that needs a repair where the plastic mouth meets the fabric sock. (The thing looks just like a manta ray's mouth.)

The spinnaker is in great condition except for the multiple tears that they are fixing.

The previous owner left the spinnaker in the bag wet for quire some time, so it has stains all over it where the red and blue leaked onto the white.

So after spending $700 I'll have a stained, otherwise excellent spinnaker, with a functional sock.

Question: Should I go for the $700 or am I putting good money after bad? I see used spinnakers on ebay for not that much more. It sure would be good to not have a stained one. The spi is really out there when you're flying it. I'm not sure I want to look like dirty laundry coming in from a distance.

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Whom is to say after spending $700 for a new used sail, that you will not rip/tear that one, and spend another $700 to fix it!

My thinking............OUCH.....note to self, do not THINK!......ouch!...dang it pulling a brain muscle here!

I would repair the old one, and use it until it is broke beyond a reasonable doubt! Then get yourself a shiny new one! In the mean time figure out how it the old one works, if it breaks.....not a big loss!

Of course, if you have some funds burning a hole in your pocket.............

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Some more information: It is ripped in about 5 places, each 1-3 feet long. I don't think it happened in use, it probably happened when it was being dowsed or something.

The asym came with the boat. It wasn't even in the listing, so it was a pleasant surprise when I went through the boat the first time.

Here are some pictures from before it went to Doyle. (Footware is included to show scale.)







Edit: I figured out why the pictures weren't showing up. I had spinnaker in the URL. It added a space like it just did here --> "spinnaker" <-- see.

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For some reason I can't see the photos. But if it's in reasonable condition, I'd agree with Marty that it's probably worth the repair cost.

It might prove a good practice chute for a few seasons, then when you and your crew have built more proficiency (and gauged how often you really use it), you might consider getting a new one.

One final thought. Have you yet hoisted this chute to confirm that it actually belongs to your boat? The fact it wasn't listed on the inventory creates some lingering doubt -- it would be a shame to spend the money repairing it if it wasn't the correct size for your boat.


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For some reason I can't see the photos. But if it's in reasonable condition, I'd agree with Marty that it's probably worth the repair cost.

It might prove a good practice chute for a few seasons, then when you and your crew have built more proficiency (and gauged how often you really use it), you might consider getting a new one.

One final thought. Have you yet hoisted this chute to confirm that it actually belongs to your boat? The fact it wasn't listed on the inventory creates some lingering doubt -- it would be a shame to spend the money repairing it if it wasn't the correct size for your boat.
Good point. I can measure where I had it laid out to see the size.

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Another vote for the repair. They will probably replace the panels with a tear in them. (I had one repaired by Doyle a few seasons ago). It will come back as strong as new and at a lot less expense than the >$3.5K replacement cost.

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Another vote for the repair. They will probably replace the panels with a tear in them. (I had one repaired by Doyle a few seasons ago). It will come back as strong as new and at a lot less expense than the >$3.5K replacement cost.

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I was wondering about that. They said it was an all day project. That has to mean replacing the panels. Suddenly it seems like a good idea. And all the rips are on the white panels IIRC, which have the stains. So there'd be fewer stains.

I want to fly it.

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3.5 k allmost sounds to cheep on a 50' boat there 1700 hundred on my J24 and the kevlar 150 is up to 2200 hunderd

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Yep. Fix her up. It'll give you something to practice with.

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3.5 k allmost sounds to cheep on a 50' boat there 1700 hundred on my J24 and the kevlar 150 is up to 2200 hunderd
You may be right on the cost! Mine was $2,500 for a 39-ft boat 8-seasons ago. $3,500 for a 50-foot boat may be tough to find. Just a guess, I guess.

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