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Has anybody ever "Ironed" their sails...?
I've been playing around with some old sail material, making sail bags, duffel bags, and general repair and reinforcing on my sails...
In order to layout measure and cut my material I've been ironing it flat and smooth and it really seems to "crisp up" the material.. not burn, but reactivate the resin and tighten the weft and weave by flatening the threads...
I had read in the "Sailmakers Apprentice" that ironing is part of the original sailcloth preperation...
I'm thinking after repair and a good washing, I may iron the complete field of the sail to stiffen it up and bring it back to design shape and smoother airfoil rather than the wrinkly mess it is now...
I know Sail Care irons them as part of their referb process (large roller machines) but was wondering if anyone had taken the time to "hand iron" their sails into shape...?
"Might as well take 'er out...If anything is gonna happen...It's gonna happen out there..."
Last edited by Squidd; 02-06-2012 at 09:48 PM.