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I was wondering if anyone has heard anything about the epoxy injection method of sail reconditioning, like what they do here:

http://www.sailcare.com/lamauney.html

I''ve got a few sails that are still in very good condition, but not near as stiff as they were when I got the boat. Should I give it a shot, or am I just going to have to start up a savings account and buy new sails?

I know nothing will make it so that I never have to replace them, but if I could put it off, without sacraficing sail performance, it would be nice.

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James,
If you go to the boat shows, Sailcare''s booth will be surrounded by satisfied customers. After seeing their ads and seeing the commotion at Sail Expo, I decided to try it with then 23 year old sails.

After a call and discussion about repairs and a few other options, the sails were returned in a nearly unrecognizable condition. Clean and decidedly stiffer. Replaced panels and reinforcement repairs were top grade materials and techniques.

But, I learned, you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow''s ear. Within a year, the stiffness of the new panel(s) fabric was demonstrably greater than the old fabric. We started blowing the adjacent panels.

Pricing Rule of Thumb - Two Sailcare rehabs (main & jib) $700 vs $1200 for new main.

I would like to get 25 years from our new UK main and a trip to Sailcare every 5 years might help. Plus, they look so good!! But don''t expect to salvage more than a couple years of life with Sailcare.

Best, most fun boat money every spent was the new main!!! Could not believe the change in upwind performance!!





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