Removing a panel to make a sail smaller?
So i recently picked up a Hobie Holder 14 but the sails that were sold with the boat are incorrect. The jib is a roller furler with a luff wire that i can use as my forestay so that is not the issue. The issue is with the main. The sail looks brand new, but it is probably about 3 or 4 feet too long.
Question is, could i remove a panel from middle or bottom and restitch everything back together to accommodate the difference.
The sails are from a Trac 14 Catamaran.
Contacting the sailmaker to assure it keeps it's shape might be helpful.i had a sail for a Catalina 25 cut for my C&C 24 but let the sailmaker cut it. Also, mine was changed over to roller furling. So far I like the way it handles!
You could try, but you might find out that it's an expensive sewing lesson. The problem is, although it folds flat, a sail is a three dimensional object with a specific curve for it's height and width. As as novice, you are unlikely to be able to achieve an efficient shape doing so.
I recommend selling it, and buying a sail made to fit. But that's just me.
A brand new Hobie 14 mainsail is $479 from FX Sails.
It's not worth the effort to cut down the Trac 14 sail!
There are lots of problems cutting down a sail - draft position; broadseams out of wack; reinforcing patches.
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