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I just bought a PY26 off an auction, good price but needs some TLC...

Looking at my sails, Jib is in great condition looks relatively new/fresh...

My main is probably the original as it has the PY26 numbering on it as well as a paceship lable..it's not in bad shape the Clew has some weathered threads (probably cause it suck out the end of the boom cover) and a small (4") seperation on the leech side of the sail...nothing bad but probably should be repaired before I go out to prevent further damage..

My spinaker is pretty much blown out/shredded so I'll be in the market for a new to me/used one...

On the main sail, is this something I take to a local sail shop to repair, or is there a reccomended refab shop I should send it to..?
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Local sail loft should be able to sort it out for you. I had my main tidied and patched for less than $50.
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what should i do to make my main stiffer and be able to sail flat might be blown out. not sure.
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If the spinnaker is shot save the material if it's good; I intend on getting a sailrite sewing machine. As to the Main a lot of repairs can be done at home and it just cost time! I have done a lot of repairs to my Cal 28 sails which are original from 1967. -- Now sailing season in Lake Superior is over and I have brought the Reluctant Lady home , I plan new repairs-- Dale

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Cool, a big part of the spinnaker is salvageable...I kinda thought it could be used for patching and repair...

Are you saying restiching the clew and running a tape on the leech something I could do on a home sewing machine ?
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Not on a home machine, but a needle & awl gets it and you would think it's machine done to look at it! Unless you have a big budget you will be learning a lot. Besides if you sail big water you need to take care of yourself! Not much help out there, and you never know what can go wrong! Dale
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You and I think alot alike.. This is definetly not big budget country, and I am pretty handy with my hands (and winter is really really long)...

I'm gonna have to get a hold of you once things settle down around here and maybe we can brew a pot o coffee and you can show me some "stiches"...

Also I want to look at your trailer before I start to build mine... are you "launchable" or does yours need a crane...?
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I just bought a PY26 off an auction, good price but needs some TLC...

Looking at my sails, Jib is in great condition looks relatively new/fresh...

My main is probably the original as it has the PY26 numbering on it as well as a paceship lable..it's not in bad shape the Clew has some weathered threads (probably cause it suck out the end of the boom cover) and a small (4") seperation on the leech side of the sail...nothing bad but probably should be repaired before I go out to prevent further damage..

My spinaker is pretty much blown out/shredded so I'll be in the market for a new to me/used one...

On the main sail, is this something I take to a local sail shop to repair, or is there a reccomended refab shop I should send it to..?
You might also look at Sailcare in Pennsylvania. They did a great job installing a reef point in my main, as well as fixing the little things like the batten pockets, etc.
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My vessel can be pulled or floated by trailer , also I have kept it clear for straps so a travel lift can be used ! She is in my yard now so I can make changes and sew covers. I also have a Mirage 28 that I need to build a trailer for. Yours should be easy as you have a drop keel. I may know where to get you a good start on a trailer--Dale
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I'll give you a call tomorrow, and maybe stop by to check your trailer out if your around...

I just picked up a mobile home frame and axles for this project, but i'll take a look at what you got, looking for drop axles rather than straight to keep it low but will work with what I have...
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